Britain and the Jews of Europe, 1939-1945

Britain and the Jews of Europe, 1939-1945

by Bernard Wasserstein
     
 

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This moving book provides the first serious examination of the British government's policy towards the Jews during the Second World War.

Drawing on archival sources in Britain, the United States, and Israel, Bernard Wasserstein explores the reasons for the near-total war-time ban on Jewish refugee immigration to Britain, the restrictive immigration policy in

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This moving book provides the first serious examination of the British government's policy towards the Jews during the Second World War.

Drawing on archival sources in Britain, the United States, and Israel, Bernard Wasserstein explores the reasons for the near-total war-time ban on Jewish refugee immigration to Britain, the restrictive immigration policy in Palestine, the internment and deportation of aliens in Britain, and the abortive 1943 Bermuda Conference on refugees. He also examines the reasons behind the failure to aid Jewish resistance in Europe, as well as the rejection of the scheme (supported by Winston Churchill) for the Allied bombing of Auschwitz. Wasserstein's analysis of the official records reveals a lamentable story of bureaucratic complacency, inhumanity, and blindness to the Jewish catastrophe in Europe.

Editorial Reviews

Simon Schama
Bernard Wasserstein's outstanding book...tells his horrible story with such exemplary calm and scholarly restraint that the reader is left fuming with impotent chagrin and grief.
New Society

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780718501587
Publisher:
Continuum International Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.16(h) x 1.05(d)

Meet the Author

About the Author:

Bernard Wasserstein is Professor of History and Chairman of the History Department at Brandeis University. His other books include The British in Palestine and The Secret Lives of Trebitsch Lincoln.

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