President Roosevelt after Pearl Harbor
Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan were allies. On December 7, 1941, at the very moment when the German armies were repulsed in front of Moscow and the tide of war changed, Japan attacked the Americans at Pearl Harbor. The following day President Roosevelt stood before Congress and declared war on Japan. Three days later Hitler declared war on the United States. The Times-Picayune published an account of Germany’s declaration of war in its issue of December 12, 1941.
In that same December of 1941, our survivors Anne Levy and her sister Lila Millen were on the verge of starvation in the Warsaw ghetto. But on a Saturday in that month there was an auspicious knock on the door. It was their father. Two years earlier he had been caught on the Russian side of the new German-Russian border and been unable to reach his family. Anne and Lila describe the moment when he reentered their lives: