“We have talked. We have sympathized. We have expressed our horror. The time to act is long past due.”
—John Pehle, Assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury, January 15, 1944
The establishment of the War Refugee Board marked the first time the US government adopted a policy of trying to rescue victims of Nazi persecution.
On January 22, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced a new policy to rescue and provide relief for Jews and other groups persecuted by Nazi Germany and its collaborators. The War Refug...