Tracking the plight of refugee Jews during and after the Nazi era, the authors of Auschwitz offer a comprehensive survey of various countries' responses to the refugee crisis and their often self-serving motives America, fearing immigrants would become public charges, required financial affidavits from American family or friends, which proved insurmountable for most European Jews. Britain granted visas to Jews of international repute, such as Sigmund Freud, but to only 50 Jews with licenses to practice medicine and 14,000 Jewish women willing to work as domestic servants. Eager to increase its white population, a racist Dominican Republic allowed healthy young refugees from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia to work on large-scale agricultural colonies. Internment camps in the Soviet Union offered a chance for survival while detention camps in France were conduits to the concentration camps and death. The establishment of the state of Israel resolved postwar Jewish refugee problems but ironically triggered an immediate Jewish refugee flood from Muslim countries. Although well researched and written, this work's specialized focus deems it more appropriate for academics and others with a special interest in the Holocaust or refugee policy. 50 photos, 2 maps. (Apr.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Flight from the Reich: Refugee Jews, 1933-1946by Deborah Dwork, Robert Jan van Pelt
A bold, groundbreaking work that provides the definitive answer to the persistent question: Why didn’t more Jews flee Nazi Europe? See more details below
A bold, groundbreaking work that provides the definitive answer to the persistent question: Why didn’t more Jews flee Nazi Europe?
Dwork and van Pelt (coauthors, Holocaust: A History) offer a chronicle of the unique perspective of Jewish refugees between 1933 and 1946. The interwoven circumstances, many quoted in firsthand accounts here, weave a disturbing and all-too-human tapestry of suffering, loss, and ultimate survival of She'erit Hapletah(the saved remnant). The book is divided into four parts covering the historical underpinnings and background events that set the stage for the insidious unfolding of history as it is now known; the escalating anti-Semitism and the rejection of assistance offered by nearly every nation in a position to render aid, including a particularly poignant account of the Kindertransport; the stark and dire circumstances surrounding the daily lives of refugees in and out of internment camps; and the postwar efforts to repatriate or relocate what remained of the decimated Jewish population. This book is essential for academic libraries and should be strongly considered by public libraries.
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Meet the Author
Debórah Dwork is the director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
Robert Jan van Pelt is a University Professor at the University of Waterloo. He lives in Toronto.
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