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The powerfully told story of a group of German Jews desperately seeking American visas to escape Nazi Germany, and an illuminating account of America's response to the refugee crisis of the 1930's and 40's. This book complements the exhibition The Americans and the Holocaust that is now on view at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC

In October 1940
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Knopf Publishing Group
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    Bruce Katz
    Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: history, judaica
    If you are (as I am) a person of a certain age, with a certain family background, and a certain intellectual predisposition, you will doubtless have read numerous books about the Holocaust. I have, and each one... I don't want to say 'each one teaches me' because 'teach' is most certainly not the right word. I'm not sure the word even exists for an event of this magnitude and significance.

    I've been avoiding Holocaust related books of late (the book I recently reviewed about Elie Wiesel notwiths
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    Jill Meyer
    Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Historian Michael Dobb's new book, "The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught In Between", is one of the best works of non-fiction I've read in a while. Dobbs writes about the fight to get Jewish refugees into the United States in the years right before WW2 (and extending into 1941), using the plight of Jews from the small German village of Kippenheim as they realised what was happening to them.

    Kippenheim is located in the German area of Baden. It's not far from the French/German bo
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    Morgan
    Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Michael Dobbs does and excellent job bring the people in this history to life in the most heart-wrenching and fact based way. Questions I had about where the western powers were and what they were doing to help alleviate the suffering of Jews on the European continent were thoroughly answered. And, it made me reconsider my thoughts on many of the moving historical pieces from that period. Definitely worth the read. He’s an excellent writer of nonfiction.
    Kathleen
    Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
    A detailed but readable history of two intertwined threads of the holocaust.

    1. The vivid stories of the Jews of Oppenheimer, Germany __ their suffering, strength, and perseverance.

    2.The response of the American bureaucracy, government, and people during this period. Xenophobia, antisemitism, political exigency, and fear of foreign subversives led to a severe limitation of visas when a piece of paper meant life or death. Although Dobbs does not draw an explicit link to the current political situ
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    Michael Dobbs was, almost literally, a child of the Cold War. His diplomat parents whisked him off to Russia at the age of six weeks. As a child, he lived through the Soviet invasions of Hungary and Czechoslovakia, and the construction of the Berlin wall. As a reporter for the Washington Post, he witnessed the birth of the Solidarity movement in Poland, the hope and tragedy of Tiananmen Square, th ...more