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    DescriptionIn May 1941, Gertrude van Tijn arrived in Lisbon on a mission of mercy from German occupied Amsterdam. She came with Nazi approval to the capital of neutral Portugal to negotiate the departure from Hitler's Europe of thousands of German and Dutch Jews. Was this middle aged Jewish woman, burdened with such a terrible responsibility, merely a pawn of the Nazis, or was her journey a genuine opportunity to save large numbers of Jews from the gas chambers? In such impossible circumstances, what is just action, and what is complicity? A moving account of courage and of all-too-human failings in the face of extraordinary moral challenges, Th"e Ambiguity of Virtue "tells the story of Van Tijn's work on behalf of her fellow Jews as the avenues that might save them were closed off. Between 1933 and 1940 Van Tijn helped organize Jewish emigration from Germany. After the Germans occupied Holland, she worked for the Nazi appointed Jewish Council in Amsterdam and enabled many Jews to escape. Some later called her a heroine for the choices she made; others denounced her as a collaborator. Bernard Wasserstein's haunting narrative draws readers into the twilight world of wartime Europe, to expose the wrenching dilemmas that confronted Jews under Nazi occupation. Gertrude van Tijn's experience raises crucial questions about German policy toward the Jews, about the role of the Jewish Council, and about Dutch, American, and British responses to the persecution and mass murder of Jews on an unimaginable scale."


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    Title
    The Ambiguity of Virtue
    Subtitle
    Gertrude Van Tijn and the Fate of the Dutch Jews
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Bernard Wasserstein
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 310
    Width: 139 mm
    Height: 220 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 503 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780674281387
    ISBN 10: 0674281381
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    BIC subject category V2: JFSR1, HBTZ1
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15570
    BISAC V2.8: HIS022000, HIS027100, HIS010000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS043000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: BIO006000
    Libri: NIED4220, JUDE2020
    LC subject heading: , , , , , ,
    DC23: 940.531809492352092
    Illustrations note
    25 halftones, 2 maps
    Publisher
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    25 April 2014
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass
    Review quote
    In the life of Gertrude van Tijn, Bernard Wasserstein has found the perfect subject for examining the appalling options that faced Jewish leaders under Nazi rule Wasserstein tells van Tijn s story beautifully, weaving the historical background almost seamlessly into the narrative. While leaning on her unpublished autobiography, he corroborates her activity using documents from numerous archives. His evaluations are judicious and humane.--David Cesarani"Literary Review" (03/01/2014)"