American Refugee Policy and European Jewry, 1933-1945

American Refugee Policy and European Jewry, 1933-1945

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How does one explain America's failure to take bold action to resist the Nazi persecution and murder of European Jews? Drawing on exhaustive archival research, the authors find that the bureaucrats who made and implemented refugee policy were motivated by institutional priorities and reluctance to take risks rather than by moral or humanitarian concerns.show more

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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 158.5 x 238.3 x 24.4mm | 639.58g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253304156
  • 9780253304155
  • 1,650,630

Table of contents

PREFACE INTRODUCTION ONE: The Labor DepartmentOs Initiative TWO: Guardians of Visa Policy THREE: A Window of Opportunity? FOUR: Refugees and American Jewry FIVE: The Fifth Column Threat SIX: Breckinridge Long and the Jewish Refugees SEVEN: A Message to Rabbi Wise EIGHT: War Propaganda and the Jews NINE: On a Broad Humanitarian Basis TEN: The War Refugee Board in Europe ELEVEN: Roosevelt and the Refugees in the 1930s TWELVE: Roosevelt and the Holocaust NOTES BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTE INDEXshow more

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" ... an exhaustively documented and important book ..." Philadelphia Inquirer "This is an unusually thoughtful and balanced treatment of a controversial subject. Based on very extensive archival research, this will be from here on the first book those interested in the subject should read." Gerhard Weinberg "Informative, even-tempered and dispassionate ... this comprehensive study of a controversial subject makes for indispensable reading." Dimensions " ... stands as the most readable of the growing literature on America's response to the Holocaust." History " ... important, finely calibrated study ..." Journal of American History "It is a masterful study, and one which future students of American policy during the Holocaust years will have to consult." Midstream " ... perceptive and penetrating ... an excellent analysis of the bureaucratic priorities of policy makers in Washington and officials abroad in handling the refugees issue between 1933-1945." Journal of Refugee Studies " ... the author's novel approach to familiar material makes this a valuable contribution in attempting to understand what happens when humanitarian concerns and national interests collide." American Historical Reviewshow more

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