Flight from the Reich by Deborah Dwork
Refugee Jews, 1933-1946

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A bold, groundbreaking work that provides the definitive answer to the persistent question: Why didn’t more Jews flee Nazi Europe?

Flight from the Reich is a story about people at a time of crisis. As persecution, war, and deportation savaged their communities, Jews tried to flee Nazi Europe through legal and clandestine routes. In their multifaceted tale of Jewish refugees during and after the Nazi era, Debórah Dwork and Robert Jan van Pelt braid the private and public realms, personal memory and official history. They probe the challenges faced by German Jewish refugees; the dispute among the Swiss on allowing Jews to cross their border; the dangers braved by covert guides who helped the hunted out of occupied France; and the creation of postwar displaced person camps, which have much to tell us about refugee camps today. Grounded in archival research throughout Europe and America, hundreds of oral histories, and thousands of newly discovered letters, Flight from the Reich shows how the lives of people thread together to form history.50 photos; 2 maps
 

About Deborah Dwork

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DebÃ3rah Dwork is co-author of Auschwitz and Holocaust . Dwork, who lives in New Haven, is director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University.
 
Published April 13, 2009 by W. W. Norton & Company. 512 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction

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Dwork (director, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies/Clark Univ.) and van Pelt (Cultural History and Architecture/Waterloo Univ.) use archival and oral histories to explain this aspect of the period’s history, which is sometimes eclipsed by the political and military components.

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Norton & Company Product Description A bold, groundbreaking work that provides the definitive answer to the persistent question: Why didn’t more Jews flee Nazi Europe?Flight from the Reich is a story about peopl...

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