“Yearning to Breathe Free” (1938-1942)
US Bill to Save Refugee Children Hits Wall of Anti-Semitism
In 1939, two senators introduced a bill to help refugee children enter the United States. It was backed by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt – and opposed by the American Legion, the Daughters of the American Revolution and the American Coalition of Patriotic Societies. But no group was more adamantly opposed to admitting Jewish refugees than the German American Bund, led by the “American Fuhrer.”
When the children finally arrived at Ellis Island, only their father greeted them.
Founded by a handful of students, it became the largest anti-war group in US history.