January 14, 1943: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and United States President Franklin Roosevelt met at Casablanca, Morocco, to discuss the future Allied invasion of Western Europe. News of the meeting buoys the spirits of Jews, who hope the war may soon be over. Roosevelt, though, proposes to French North African official General Noguès and later to a leader of the Free French Forces, General Giraud that the French government in North Africa should discriminate against local Jews just as Hitler did in the 1930s. Roosevelt specifically states, twice–once to Noguès and separately to Giraud–that “the number of Jews engaged in the practice of the professions…should be definitely limited to the percentage that the Jewish population in North Africa bears to the whole of the North African population.” President Roosevelt adds that limiting the number of Jews in the professions “would further eliminate the specific and understandable complaints which the Germans bore toward the Jews in Germany….”
I won’t dignify this hateful part of FDR’s personality and his “leadership” with a stamp picturing him. Here is a nice cover mailed from Great Britain to Casablanca in 1937. That city was much more benevolent in its attitudes towards the Jews.