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Flight from the Reich: Refugee Jews, 1933-1946

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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 ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published August 13th 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published April 13th 2009)
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Lynn
Mar 05, 2016 Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. We know so much in my generation about the horrors of the pograms and the Nazi camps, but I had no idea the extent to which European Jews, even those who survived, were truly destroyed. The context that makes us who we are - family, career, nationality (or citizenship *anywhere*), even any sense of connexion to the memories of life before the Nazis - was completely stripped from these people; families were sometimes reunited but often never really reformed, and even many who went on to buil ...more
Christine
Jan 26, 2016 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-must-read
A gut wrenching book that needs to be read by everyone. Makes one ashamed of being human.
Joel
Perspective I hadn't looked at before. Some things I learned: escapees were mostly children and young adults, most countries limited entry to refugees before, during and after the war, the germans didn't start their mass murders until they invaded the USSR - before that they hoped to push Jews out of their territory but once they'd taken over the USSR's part of Poland and large parts of the USSR they had millions more Jews and no where else to expel them to.
Emily
Jul 23, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very informative. A good explication of the obstacles everyone put in place to prevent Jews from emigrating, as well as descriptions of the people and committees all over the world trying to rescue Jews from the Reich. Full of information I haven't found elsewhere.
Heather
Jan 16, 2009 Heather marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Why didn't more Jews flee? This is a history book that describes the challneges faced by German Jewish refugees and the climate at the time.
Denise M.
Aug 25, 2011 Denise M. marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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A renowned historian of Holocaust, Dwork is the Rose Professor of Holocaust History and Director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in the Department of History, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts.
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