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A Voice Among the Silent

This short documentary provides a succinct introduction to the life of James G. McDonald, an adviser to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the first U.S. ambassador to Israel. As a League of Nations commissioner on refugees, McDonald became aware of Adolf Hitler's genocidal intentions toward the European Jewry in 1933 and began to sound the alarm immediately. Director Shuli Eshel argues that this was McDonald's greatest legacy and that, had any world leaders taken him seriously, the Holocaust might have been averted. McDonald succeeded in relocating a few thousand German Jews, and his humanitarian efforts have made him a hero in Israel; the movie concludes poignantly at a synagogue named after him.

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