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Jews for Sale?: Nazi-Jewish Negotiations, 1933-1945 / Edition 1

Jews for Sale?: Nazi-Jewish Negotiations, 1933-1945 / Edition 1

by Yehuda Bauer
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The world has recently learned of Oskar Schindler's efforts to save the lives of Jewish workers in his factory in Poland by bribing Nazi officials. Not as well known, however, are many other equally dramatic attempts to negotiate with the Nazis for the release of Jews in exchange for money, goods, or political benefits. In this riveting book, a leading Holocaust scholar examines these attempts, describing the cast of characters, the motives of the participants, the frustrations and few successes, and the moral issues raised by the negotiations.

Drawing on a wealth of previously unexamined sources, Yehuda Bauer deals with the fact that before the war Hitler himself was willing to permit the total emigration of Jews from Germany in order to be rid of them. In the end, however, there were not enough funds for the Jews to buy their way out, there was no welcome for them abroad, and there was too little time before war began. Bauer then concentrates on the negotiations that took place between 1942 and 1945 as Himmler tried to keep open options for a separate peace with the Western powers.

In fascinating detail Bauer portrays the dramatic intrigues that took place: a group of Jewish leaders bribed a Nazi official to stop the deportation of Slovakian Jews; a Czech Jew known as Dogwood tried to create an alliance between American leaders and conservative German anti-Nazis; Adolf Eichmann's famous "trucks for blood" proposal to exchange one million Jews for trucks to use against the Soviets failed because of Western reluctance; and much more.

Tormenting questions arise throughout Bauer's discussion. If the Nazis were actually willing to surrender more Jews, should the Allies have acted on the offer? Did the efforts to exchange lives for money constitute collaboration with the enemy or heroism? In answering these questions, Bauer's book—engrossing, profound, and deeply moving—adds a new dimension to Holocaust studies.

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ISBN-13: 9780300068528
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 08/28/1996
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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Alexander M. Schindler

A searching, soul-searing study of a hitherto little explored chapter of the Holocaust: the endeavor of a handful of dauntless Jewish leaders to ransom their fellow Jews from Nazis willing to trade them for money or strategic gain. Jews for Sale? is a work of brilliance and power. It deserves an honored place in the literature of the shoah and further secures Bauer's standing as the foremost Holocaust scholar of our generation.

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Often times our images of heroes are convoluted due to television and comic books. We blur reality and fantasy into one, thinking that our heroes are Super Humans that have extraordinary strengths and can `leap buildings in a single bound¿. Therefore any rational human being must [il]logically assume that heroes have no flaws. But this is reality and heroes are not mythical beings that have fall out of the sky to come and save humanity. Heroes are people just like you and I. Which means they are not perfect. Sometimes they make mistakes, act heist, and do the wrong things. Though the lack of success that their actions produce does not make them any less of what they are ¿ which is heroes. That is the basic thesis that (the great) Mr. Yehuda Bauer has set out to prove in his exciting and wonderful book `Jews For Sale?¿. Mr. Bauer fully documents all the Nazi-Jewish negotiations that took place during `The Shoah¿ (The Jewish Holocaust) and imbeds it all in to a historical context. What emerges is a weak and frail Jewish Organizations (From all walks of the earth ¿ Zionist, Anti-Zionist, Orthodox, and so on) who desperately tired to do everything in their power to remnants of the European Jewry (even though at times they despised each other) but where stonewalled by the Allied forces. To the Allies credit there was not much that they could do to save the Jews except win the War. This book should lay to rest the claims made by anti-Zionist that the Jewish Agency in Palestine (JA) did nothing to help save their brethren in Nazi Occupied-Europe. This is truly a wonderful book and I encourage all who wish to know more about `The Shoah¿ and Jewish reaction to it definitely read this book.