Sent across the ocean by their parents and taken in by foster parents and distant relatives, approximately 1,000 children, ranging in age from fourteen months to sixteen years, landed in the United States and out of Hitler's reach between 1934 and 1945. Seventy years after the first ship brought a handful of these children to American shores, the general public and many of the children themselves remain unaware of these rescues, and the fact that they were accomplished despite powerful forces in and outside the government that did not want them to occur. This is the first published account, told in the words of the children and their rescuers, to detail this unknown part of America's response to the Holocaust. It will challenge the belief that Americans did nothing to directly and actively save Holocaust victims.
Judith Tydor Baumel, Holocaust scholar and sister of two rescued children, provides an introduction explaining why, when, how, and where the rescues were carried out, who the heroes and heroines were, and which individuals and organizations placed almost insurmountable obstacles in their path. This account presents both recollections and experiences recorded at the time of the rescued children, their descendants, and their rescuers. The story demonstrates what a small group of determined people can do to change the course of history.
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About the Author
PHILIP K. JASON is Professor Emeritus of English, United States Naval Academy and Director of the Naples Center Writing Program at Florida Gulf Coast University. He is the author of numerous books, including the Encyclopedia of American War Literature (2001).
IRIS POSNER is the President and co-founder of One Thousand Children (R), Inc. (OTC).
Table of Contents
Introduction by Judith Tydor Baumel
In Short by Henry Schuster, Trudy Kirchhausen Turkel, and Jack Steinberger
Trepidations by Manfred Steinfeld, Kurt Admon, Martin Birn, and Henny Wenkart
Paths of Escape by Ruth Safrin Finkelstein, Lea Wasserman Schwarz, Camilla Maas, Michel Margosis, Richard Schifter, Henny Wenkart, Morris C. Troper, Albert Einstein, and Howard Wriggins
Coming to America by Manfred Goldwein, Ilse Hamburger Phillips, Ruth Schnitzer, Lea Wasserman Schwarz, and Walter Kron
Transitions by Henry Birnbrey, Charles Juliusburg, Martin Birn, Bill Graham, Gabrielle Kaufmann Koppel, and Thea Lindauer
Becoming an American by Phyllis Mattson, Ruth Schnitzer, Bill Graham, and Arnold Isaak
Full Circle by Charles Juliusburg, Arnold Isaak, Ben Hirsh, Fern Schumer Chapman, Rose Marie Phillips Wagman, and Phyllis Mattson
Afterword by Richard Schifter