Nazis killed millions during the World War II Holocaust. But many believe some of those deaths could have been avoided if other nations had been willing to open their borders to those – especially Jews – who wished to flee. Some of those accusing fingers point at Breckinridge Long, who, as a U.S. state department official, worked hard to keep European Jews out. MPBN Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz talks with York resident Neil Rolde, who has written a biography of Long.

“I’ve read a number of books about the Holocaust, being Jewish myself,” says Neil Rolde (left), of York, a former state legislator, aide to Gov. Ken Curtis, and a historian. “And I would keep coming across this guy, Breckinridge Long, and he was, sort of, the villain of the piece.”

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Neil Rolde celebrated in Eliot, Maine, Amy Donle photo

Neil Rolde celebrated in Eliot, Maine, Amy Donle photo

In celebration of Neil Rolde
appeared in the Seacoast, By Deborah McDermott, March 03, 2014 2:00 AM

ELIOT, Maine — Denise Johnson tells the story of the day more than 40 years ago when Neil Rolde, then a candidate for state representative, came to the sprawling Johnson farm on rural North Village Road in York to introduce himself.

“On foot. No politician had ever knocked on our door before,” she said. “And he walked in.” Her former father-in-law, Theodore Johnson, was so impressed with Rolde after they sat down at the kitchen table and talked that he decreed that he — and to the extent he held sway over his extended family, they — would always vote Rolde.

Stories like that abounded Saturday night as more than 100 people came to the Regatta Banquet and Conference Center to honor Rolde, a longtime former Democratic state legislator and majority leader from York, as well as an author, historian and philanthropist. Read more here.

Maine Philanthropy Awards to Honor Neil Rolde

April 11th, 2012

The 5th annual Maine Philanthropy Awards, to be presented at a dinner on Wednesday, April 11,2012 will honor Maine author and historian Neil Rolde at Colby College. Rolde has served his adopted state of Maine as an historian, philanthropist, and public servant, representing York County in the Maine House of Representatives for sixteen years after serving six years on Governor Ken Curtis’ staff. In addition to Rolde, who will be named the 2012 Maine Philanthropist of the Year, the program will recognize exceptional individuals from a Central Maine High School, Colby College, and Central Maine who have made an extraordinary contribution to the service of others. The awards serve as the celebratory conclusion to the Nonprofit Leadership Institute.