The Resource Rescue board : the untold story of America's efforts to save the Jews of Europe, Rebecca Erbelding

Rescue board : the untold story of America's efforts to save the Jews of Europe, Rebecca Erbelding

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Rescue board : the untold story of America's efforts to save the Jews of Europe
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Rescue board
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the untold story of America's efforts to save the Jews of Europe
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Rebecca Erbelding
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Untold story of America's efforts to save the Jews of Europe
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eng
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  • "America has long been criticized for refusing to give harbor to the Jews of Europe as Hitler and the Nazis closed in. Now a U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum scholar tells the extraordinary story of the War Refugee Board, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's little-known effort late in the war to save the Jews who remained. In January 1944, a young Treasury lawyer named John Pehle accompanied his boss to a meeting with the president. For more than a decade, the Jews of Germany had sought refuge in the United States and had been stymied by Congress's harsh immigration policy. Now the State Department was refusing to authorize relief funds Pehle wanted to use to help Jews escape Nazi territory. At the meeting, Pehle made his best case--and prevailed. Within days, FDR created the War Refugee Board, empowering it to rescue the victims of Nazi persecution, and put John Pehle in charge. Over the next twenty months, Pehle pulled together a team of D.C. pencil pushers, international relief workers, pirates, diplomats, millionaires, confidence men, and rabble-rousers to run operations across four continents and a dozen countries. Together, they tricked the Nazis, forged identity papers, smuggled food into concentration camps, recruited spies, leaked news stories, negotiated ransoms, and funneled millions of dollars into Europe. They bought weapons for the French Resistance and ships to transport Romanian refugees to Palestine. Altogether, they saved tens of thousands of lives. In Rescue Board, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum scholar Rebecca Erbelding uses unrivaled access to archival materials and fresh interviews with survivors to tell the dramatic unknown story of America's last-ditch effort to save the Jews of Europe"--
  • January 1944. For more than a decade, the Jews of Germany had sought refuge in the United States and been stymied by Congress's harsh immigration policy. At the meeting treasury lawyer John Pehle made his best case-- and FDR created the War Refugee Board. Over the next twenty months a team of D.C. pencil pushers, international relief workers, pirates, diplomats, millionaires, confidence men, and rabble-rousers tricked the Nazis, forged identity papers, smuggled food into concentration camps, recruited spies, leaked news stories, negotiated ransoms, and funneled millions of dollars into Europe. Erbelding uses archival materials and interviews with survivors to tell the dramatic unknown story of America's last-ditch effort to save the Jews of Europe. -- adapted from jacket
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Erbelding, Rebecca
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940.53/145
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index present
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D809.U5
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E73 2018
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non fiction
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  • United States
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • United States
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Rescue board : the untold story of America's efforts to save the Jews of Europe, Rebecca Erbelding
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-346) and index
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Contents
Two wars -- Revelation -- John Pehle -- State Department hubris -- On the acquiescence of this government -- A War Refugee Board -- Getting started -- Hirschmann in Turkey -- Warnings -- Protective papers -- Blood for goods -- Free ports -- Whether to bomb, whether to ransom -- The Horthy offer -- Adrift -- Midnight sun -- What kind of peace -- A coup in Hungary -- McClelland's report -- War at Christmas -- Prisoner exchanges -- Packages -- Liberation -- Afterword
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ocn994368113
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25 cm
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First edition.
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368 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
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9780385542517
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2017039969
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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n
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40028084471
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illustrations
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(OCoLC)994368113
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Rescue board : the untold story of America's efforts to save the Jews of Europe, Rebecca Erbelding
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-346) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Two wars -- Revelation -- John Pehle -- State Department hubris -- On the acquiescence of this government -- A War Refugee Board -- Getting started -- Hirschmann in Turkey -- Warnings -- Protective papers -- Blood for goods -- Free ports -- Whether to bomb, whether to ransom -- The Horthy offer -- Adrift -- Midnight sun -- What kind of peace -- A coup in Hungary -- McClelland's report -- War at Christmas -- Prisoner exchanges -- Packages -- Liberation -- Afterword
Control code
ocn994368113
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
368 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780385542517
Lccn
2017039969
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40028084471
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)994368113

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