And the World Closed Its Doors: One Family's Struggle to Escape the Holocaust

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Overview

Much has been written about the West's unwillingness to attempt the rescue of tens of thousands of European Jews from the hands of the Nazis. Now David Clay Large gives a specific human face to this tragedy of bureaucratic inertia and ill will. In this masterpiece of Holocaust literature, Large tells the wrenching story of Max Schohl, a German Jew who in the years preceding World War II could not find a government that would allow his family to immigrate, despite wealth, education, business and family connections, a job offer from an American university, and herculean efforts by himself and his American relatives. After repeated but fruitless efforts to gain entry first to the United States, and then to Britain, Chile, and Brazil, Max died in Auschwitz, and his wife and daughters were sent to hard labor in Wiesbaden. Max left behind a unique collection of family letters and documents, which Large has brought together into a gripping, personal commentary on the evolution of the Holocaust in Europe and the hopelessly inadequate response from abroad.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465038091
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 310
  • Sales rank: 1,445,804
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.53 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

David Clay Large, Professor of History at Montana State University, is a specialist in modern German history. He is the author of Where Ghosts Walked, Germans to the Front, Between Two Fires, and Berlin. He lives in Bozeman, Montana, and San Francisco, California.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xv
1 Max 1
2 "No Entry for Jews" 25
3 Paper Walls 53
4 "The Night of the Crystals" 91
5 High Hopes and Hot Tears 117
6 The Last Trial 167
Epilogue 217
Notes 235
Bibliography 257
Index 265
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