Buried by the Times

Buried by the Times

The Holocaust and America's Most Important Newspaper

Book - 2005
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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 1939-45. 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.
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005.
ISBN: 9780521607827
Branch Call Number: 071.471 Leff 2005
Characteristics: xii, 426 p. :,ill., maps ;,24 cm.


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Jul 18, 2016

I expected this book to confirm my dislike of the smug and elitist New York Times. Instead, based on the facts presented in the book itself I found myself admiring the consistency and values of the NYT and its humanist publisher Arthur Hays Sulzberger, Yes the NYT made mistakes in choices of reporters and foreign bureau chiefs. Yes things were missed - there was a confusing war going on. Yes the NYT did downplay the extent and faith of the majority of the victims of the Nazi extermination campaign. So did the Allied governments. I object to the author's crusade to impose the flaky values of today on a time seventy years ago. Had the author's mistaken priorities been followed by the NYT and thus by Allied governments, the most likely result would have been a lengthening of World War II by months or years.


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