Janine Minkler


Why did the New York Times persistently bury news of the Holocaust? asks Laurel Leff in her dramatic historical account of ‘‘America’s most important newspaper.’’ Leff, associate professor at Northeastern University and former journalist for the Wall Street Journal and Miami Herald, examines the complex combination of forces that led the Times to relegate news of the Holocaust to secondary status. She also sustains an uncompromising critique of this period in New York Times history. ‘‘No American newspaper was better positioned to highlight the Holocaust than the Times, and no American newspaper so influenced public discourse by its failure to do so. The first reason makes the Times’ failure more puzzling, the second more devastating,’’ charges Leff (9).