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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 's and '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 DCIn October the Gestapo expelled Jews from southwest Germany creating the first official Jewish free zone in the Third Reich Interned in concent. 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 wh

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Ration camps in Vichy France the deportees set out on a multi year uest to acuire American visas One in four eventually managed to gain entry to the US or to other foreign countries the remainder perished in French camps or later in AuschwitzAmong these unwanted refugees were Jews from the village of Kippenheim whose stories are at the heart of this book Drawing on previously unpublished letters diaries and visa records Michael Dobbs provides a vivid picture of what it was like to live amo. I devoured this book It was by far the most interesting non fiction book I have read about WWII and the Holocaust It is a well written account most specif

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Ng increasingly hostile neighbors waiting for the piece of paper with a stamp that meant the difference between life and death And he recounts the debates over the fate of these refugees occurring simultaneously at the highest levels of the American government at a time when the public was deeply isolationist xenophobic and antisemitic Here is the riveting narrative of a small community struggling to survive amid tumultuous events and reach a safe haven despite the odds stacked against the. Michael Dobbs does and excellent job bring the people in this history to life in the most heart wrenching and fact based way uestions I had about where th


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  1. says:

    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

  2. says:

    “A piece of paper with a stamp on it meant the difference between life and death for thousands and thousands of people” wrote American journalist Dorothy Thompson after Kristallnacht in late 1938 Truer words were never written For

  3. says:

    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 Germ

  4. says:

    Hoorrific stories of how the lives of normal people everyday neighbors were cast into Nazi horror and international limbo People watched whether the people next door or governments like the United States and did nothing I

  5. says:

    I devoured this book It was by far the most interesting non fiction book I have read about WWII and the Holocaust It is a well written account most specifically about the Jews who lived in the small village of Kippenheim Germany It gave a sp

  6. says:

    Did FDR betray the Jews of Europe? Did he turn a blind eye toward the Nazi Final Solution by preventing thousands of Jewish refugees from entering the United States? Clearly there is ample evidence that President Roosevelt resisted pressure to admit German Jews fleeing from the Nazis and on than one occasion But the context in which he made t

  7. says:

    Every year I teach the Holocaust in my classroom as we read about Anne Frank and other novels on the topic And obviously students always want to know what the US did to help I thought I had answers before but this was so much betterOstensibly this is about the US immigration process in the 1930s and 40s which was a tangled mess of bureaucracy and apathy But this puts faces to those numbers breathes life into th

  8. says:

    Michael Dobbs does and excellent job bring the people in this history to life in the most heart wrenching and fact based way uestions I had about where the western powers were and what they were doing to help alleviate the suffering of Jews o

  9. says:

    I found this to be a very good book I just can’t finish at this time though Given the recent spate of anti Semitic attacks this month December 2019 I just can’t bear reading about the holocaust right now Maybe sometime in the future

  10. says:

    A clearly written history of the heartless immigration policies of the US in the face of clear and certain mortal danger to Jewish applicants for visas in the late 1930s and early 1940s The major contribution of this work is to take the level of detail to a critically higher magnification than most standard accounts of thi

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