Holocaust and Rescue: Impotent or Indifferent? Anglo-Jewry 1938-1945

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This book challenges the widely held view that Anglo-Jewish efforts on behalf of European Jews during the Nazi period were weak and half-hearted. Anglo-Jewish organizations achieved remarkable successes in the pre-war years, combining their administrative expertise with the financial guarantee of maintenance to accomplish the rescue of over 50 thousand refugees. By tragic contrast, their lack of political and diplomatic experience during wartime rendered them almost entirely incapable of influencing an ...
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Overview

This book challenges the widely held view that Anglo-Jewish efforts on behalf of European Jews during the Nazi period were weak and half-hearted. Anglo-Jewish organizations achieved remarkable successes in the pre-war years, combining their administrative expertise with the financial guarantee of maintenance to accomplish the rescue of over 50 thousand refugees. By tragic contrast, their lack of political and diplomatic experience during wartime rendered them almost entirely incapable of influencing an intransigent government engaged in global war in order to save Jewish lives.

Author Biography: Pamela Shatzkes is a Lecturer in International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Editorial Reviews

D. Cameron Watt
Dr. Shatzkes has written a most important book on what for the Jewish communities in Britain has been one of the most tragic and disturbing passages in its history.
Booknews
Challenging the widely-held perception that Anglo-Jewish efforts on behalf of European Jews during the Nazi era were weak and half- hearted, Shatzkes (international history, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK) argues that Anglo-Jewry was a well- integrated community that tackled the escalating problems of refugee immigration in the 1930s with compassion and administrative expertise based in a long tradition of communal charity. She contrasts this response with that of the Anglo-Jewish leadership which was hamstrung during the war years, focusing on what was actually attempted and whether it was reasonable in principle, given what was known at the time. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333960394
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 338
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela Shatzkes is Lecturer in International History at the London School of Economics.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Abbreviations
Preface
Introduction 1
1 'Englishmen of the Jewish Persuasion' 9
2 'The Jewish Lions are no longer roaring' 25
3 Escalating Crises: Austria and Czechoslovakia 1938-1939 45
4 The Watershed: Kristallnacht and After 65
5 Internment and Deportation 83
6 Anglo-Jewry Mobilises (Summer 1942-Spring 1943) 100
7 Pawns in the Game of War (Summer 1943-Autumn 1944) 134
8 Rescue Efforts: A Chronicle of Failure? 163
9 Relief Efforts: A Chronicle of Success? 188
Conclusion: Lack of Will or Lack of Skill? 216
Notes 240
Bibliography 289
Index 305
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