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Title: Buried by the Times: The Holocaust and America's Most Important Newspaper
Author: Leff, Laurel
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2006
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521812870
Volumes: 1; Pages: 442
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An in-depth look at how The New York Times failed in its coverage of the fate of European Jews from 1939-1945. It examines how the decisions that were made at The Times ultimately resulted in the minimizing and misunderstanding of modern history's worst genocide. Laurel Leff, a veteran journalist and professor of journalism, recounts how personal relationships at the newspaper, the assimilationist tendencies of The Times' Jewish owner, and the ethos of mid-century America, all led The Times to consistently downplay news of the Holocaust. It recalls how news of Hitler's 'final solution' was hidden from readers and--because of the newspaper's influence on other media--from America at large. Buried by The Times is required reading for anyone interested in America's response to the Holocaust and for anyone curious about how journalists determine what is newsworthy.ContentsIntroduction: the last voice from the abyssPart I. 1933-19411. 'Not a Jewish problem': the publisher's perspective on the Nazis' rise and the refugee crisis2. 'This here is Germany': reporting from the Berlin bureau3. 'Worthy of France': the Vichy government's anti-semitic laws and concentration camps4. 'A new life in Nazi-built ghettos': German domination of Poland, Rumania and the Baltic StatesPart II 1941-19455. 'To awaken the conscience of Christendom': pressure to publicize the first news of the extermination campaign6. 'Amidst the advertisements on page 19': placement decisions and the role of the news editors7. 'All Jews are not brothers': the publisher's battle with Zionists8. 'The semitic question should be avoided': German atrocities and U. S. Government propaganda9. 'Final phase of supreme tragedy has begun': the War Refugee Board and the destruction of Hungary's Jews10. 'Political prisoners, slave laborers and civilians of many nationalities': the liberation of the concentration camps11. 'Lessons from the Hitler tragedy': the publisher and the aftermath of warConclusion: 'The horrible story was not told'.