Here at start of their friendship R. Reagan writes M. Thatcher after 1st private meeting & fall of Saigon 4/30/1975
“When Jews looked around the world and they saw Hitler and they saw Stalin and they saw Mussolini, they felt mighty glad that the man who was running the United States was Franklin Delano Roosevelt,” says Jonathan D. Sarna, a professor of American Jewish history at Brandeis University. “Nevertheless he was a consummate politician. And there were things that he felt deeply about, and he made sure they happened. Arming America secretly was one of them. Helping Britain was one of them. Saving Jews was not one of them.”
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Ronald Reagan hits the beaches of Honolulu with his wife, Nancy, on a visit to Hawaii in 1984.
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At one point, in 1949, he goes to Hollywood — this is after Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator movie, which makes fun of Hitler — and he says, to a room full of Jewish studio executives, “You guys are going to be responsible for pushing the United States into war against the Nazis unless you stop your anti-Nazi films, your anti-Hitler propaganda, your anti-German propaganda. When war breaks out, the American people are going to turn on American Jewry, and there’s going to be an outbreak of anti-Semitism like you’ve never seen because the Jews are going to be held responsible for every American soldier and the destruction of the American economy.”
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