US Relief Efforts Studied

March 7, 2011 at 7:39 PM Leave a comment

Update New York’s Post-Star profiles Adirondack Community College assistant history professor Keith Pomakoy on the eve of publication of his book about America’s philanthropic responses to genocide abroad.

[Helping Humanity: American Policy and Genocide Rescue] examines several case studies, such as genocides in Armenia and Cambodia, the 1890s Cuban Insurrection, Ukraine’s terror-famine in the early 1930s, World War II, and would-be rescuers in the post-Cold War era, according to a publisher’s book synopsis.

The article says the book takes a revisionist look at the US response the Holocaust, “oppos[ing] accounts by historians that suggest the U.S. abandoned people.”

Holocaust research in the 1980s, Pomakoy said, was too utopian, suggesting the United States had a great power to save lives, which scholars in the 1990s have argued didn’t exist [the power, we take it, not the lives].

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