Confidential files kept in President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s personal White House safe make it clear that he did not want Jews in the US, Tablet magazine reported.
The private files include documents about the “M Project,” a secret study Roosevelt commissioned in 1942 regarding post-war migration of Europeans, especially Jews.
In 1925, Roosevelt had written a column praising elements of Canada’s immigration policy, especially its regulations “to prevent large groups of foreign born from congregating in any one locality.”
“For a good many years to come, European immigration should remain greatly restricted” as “no sensible American wants this country to be made a dumping ground for foreigners of any nation,” Roosevelt wrote.
Headed by the anti-Semitic Isaiah Bowman, president of Johns Hopkins University, Project M. produced memos on plans for Jewish settlement in northwestern Australia, rice farming in Manchukuo, settlement possibilities in Nigeria, and scores of other topics.
What the President endorsed was “essentially… to spread the Jews thin all over the world” rather than congregate anywhere in large numbers, Vice President Henry Wallace wrote in 1943.