Flight from the Reich: Refugee Jews, 1933-1946

Flight from the Reich: Refugee Jews, 1933-1946


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“An impressive and rich book that provides much-needed attention to Hitler’s other victims.”—Jewish Book World

As persecution, war, and deportation savaged their communities, Jews tried to flee Nazi Europe through both legal and clandestine routes. In this riveting tale of Jewish refugees during and after the Nazi era, Debórah Dwork and Robert Jan van Pelt thread together official papers and personal accounts to weave the history of refugees’ lives into the history of the Holocaust.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393342642
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/13/2012
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 623,185
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Part 1 1933

1933 The End of an Era 3

People: The First to Flee 9

Places: A Homeland in Palestine 28

Papers: Passports in a Closed World 52

Problems: Minority Rights and Jews as a Minority 69

Part 2 1938-1939

1933-1938 The Screws Tighten 91

People: Officials and Their Solutions 97

Places: A Life Anywhere 119

Papers: Visa Stamps Offer Hope 141

Problems: The Rupture of Departure 163

Part 3 1942

1939-1942 Toward Genocide 189

People: Passeurs: Guides to Freedom 198

Places: Caught in Internment Camps 218

Papers: Loved Ones Become Letters 245

Problems: Life as a Refugee 264

Part 4 1946

1942-1946 Holocaust 287

People: Sherit Hapleita: The Surviving Remnant 292

Places: Where Now? 315

Papers: Lists of the Living 340

Problems: Adjustment 360

Notes 381

Acknowledgments 449

Illustration Credits 453

Index 457

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