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The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught In Between

Michael Dobbs.
Item #: D11382
Format: Hardcover
Pages/Publication Date: 368 / 2019
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 9781524733193
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At the outset of World War II, Jewish families living on the edge of the Black Forest desperately pursued American visas to flee the Nazis. Battling formidable bureaucratic obstacles, some made it to the United States while others died in Auschwitz, their applications still "pending." Drawing on previously unpublished letters, diaries, interviews, and visa records, Michael Dobbs provides an illuminating account of America's response to the refugee crisis of the 1930s and 1940s, a time when U.S. officials argued over whether or not to admit refugees amid growing concerns about "fifth columnists," and the American public was deeply isolationist, xenophobic, and antisemitic.

 

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