By Prof William Lasser
A key determine within the administrations of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman, Benjamin V. Cohen (1894-1983) was once made a big architect of public coverage from the 1st days of FDR's presidency in the course of the early days of the chilly warfare. even though he stored a low public profile, Cohen's impression prolonged throughout quite a lot of household and international coverage tasks. during this biography, William Lasser bargains an account of Ben Cohen's existence and occupation, and an review of his contribution to the foundation and improvement of recent American liberalism. the amount lines Cohen's contributions to household monetary coverage, his actions in the course of the conflict years in London and Washington, his carrier as counsellor to the kingdom division and member of the yank delegation to the United countries after the warfare, and his function within the American Zionist circulation.
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As at Chicago, Cohen’s academic work was exemplary. His lowest grade was a 75 in Roman law (75 and higher being an A); his highest was an 81 from Frankfurter. Frankfurter was a dozen years older than Cohen, and the future justice was just beginning a career that would take him to the heights of academic and political life. Born in Vienna, he had arrived in the United States a month before Cohen was born. After a series of ﬁts and starts, Frankfurter decided to attend Harvard Law School, enrolling in 1903.
The American representative to the council, Secretary of State Robert Lansing, followed with a few questions designed to make it clear that the establishment of a ‘‘Jewish National Home’’ did not equate to an ‘‘autonomous Jewish Government,’’ and the Zionists left. There was no formal resolution of the Palestine question, but two days later André Tardieu, the French ambassador to the United States, announced that the major powers had decided in favor of Great Britain as the mandatory power for Palestine.
His ‘‘deep conviction of cruel wrong to Brandeis,’’ he wrote, was no mere expression of ‘‘racial particularity,’’ she explained. ‘‘I feel even more strongly against Jewish self-seekers . . than their Gentile analogues. ’’ 22 Still, Frankfurter was not completely cut oﬀ from his cultural heritage. In fact it may have been the controversy over Brandeis—in the spring of 1916, during Cohen’s year at the law school—that ﬁrst heightened his sense of Jewish identity. Added to the Brandeis nomination ﬁght were two very personal issues that underscored Frankfurter’s Judaism—the death of his father, and his growing involvement with Marion Denman, the Congregationalist minister’s daughter who would become 6581 Lasser / BENJAMIN V.