McDonald devoted much of his working life to resettling Jewish refugees displaced by the Holocaust. A 1909 graduate of Indiana University, McDonald worked as a university professor before beginning to climb the diplomatic ranks within the United States government. He completed his career by serving as the U.S. Ambassador for Israel from 1949 to 1951 before chairing the advisory council on the Development Corporation for Israel from 1951 through 1961.
During his work with Israel, McDonald kept voluminous diaries about his experiences, the fourth of which is due to be published by Indiana University Press in April. These diaries are the basis for the documentary A Voice Among the Silent: the Legacy of James G. McDonald.
WTIU will air the documentary on April 20 at 10 p.m. View the trailer for the program below.