July 6, 1938 American Presidents

The Shame of President Franklin D. Roosevelt: 1933-1945

The Evian Conference was convened at the initiative of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in July 1938, to discuss the problem of Jewish refugees from germany. For nine days, from July 6th to July 15th, delegates from thirty-two countries met at Évian-les-Bains, France. The fact that the conference did not pass a resolution condemning the German treatment of Jews was widely used in Nazi propaganda. The lack of action further emboldened Hitler in his assault on European Jewry.

The Australian delegate stated: “as we have no real racial problem, we are not desirous of importing one.”

The French delegate stated that France had reached “the extreme point of saturation as regards admission of refugees.”

Source: The Muslim Brothers and the Palestine Question by Abd Al-Fattah Muhammad El-Awaisi, Tauris Academic Studies, New York, NY, 1998. pp. 56-58