Memorial service held for UMass Holocaust scholar

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A memorial service for Holocaust scholar and former University of Massachusetts professor David Wyman was held this weekend, at the South Congregational Church in Amherst.

Wyman died March 14 at his home in Amherst, at age 89.

He was best known for the 1984 book “The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust 1941-45,” a look at the widespread indifference and hostility to the Jews in Europe, despite conclusive documentation of their systematic extermination by the Nazis. It was particularly critical of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The book received the National Jewish Book Award.

Wyman, who was not Jewish, joined the UMass faculty in 1966, and was associate chairman of the history department, and twice chairman of the Judaic studies program.

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