And The World Closed Its Doors: The Story Of One Family Abandoned To The Holocaust

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Basic Books, 16 iun. 2009 - 310 pagini
In this masterpiece of Holocaust literature, David Clay Large tells the wrenching story of Max Schohl, a German Jew who, in the midst of the Second World War, could not find a government that would allow his family to immigrate, despite wealth, education, and business and family connections. After repeated but fruitless efforts to gain entry first to the United States and then to Britain, Chile, and Brazil, Max died in Auschwitz and his wife and daughters were sent to hard labor in Wiesbaden. Much has been written about the West's unwillingness to attempt the rescue of tens of thousands of European Jews from the hands of the Nazis; now David Clay Large gives a human face to this tragedy of bureaucratic inertia and ill will. The youngest daughter of the Schohl family, today a seventy-four-year-old widow living in Charleston, South Carolina, has opened her family's records to Large: a unique collection of family letters and other documents chronicling the experiences of the Schohls and those who tried to bring them to England and America. From these papers Large has fashioned a gripping and intimate narrative of one family's efforts to escape the Holocaust in Europe and the inadequate response from abroad.

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Pagina 105 - The news of the past few days from Germany has deeply shocked public opinion in the United States.
Pagina vii - And shall we refuse the unhappy fugitives from distress that hospitality which the savages of the wilderness extended to our fathers arriving in this land ? Shall oppressed humanity find no asylum on this globe...
Pagina 105 - I myself could scarcely believe that such things could occur in a twentieth century civilization. With a view to gaining a first-hand picture of the situation in Germany I asked the Secretary of State to order our Ambassador in Berlin to return at once for report and consultation.
Pagina 55 - ... will, before issuing a visa, have to pass judgment with particular care on whether the applicant may become a public charge, and if the applicant cannot convince the officer that it is not probable, the visa will be refused.
Pagina 57 - ... with the Depression to slow the immigrant flow to the lowest point since the 1830s. Without question, Hitler was a major "push" factor of the period; Germany led the sending countries, and many more would have come if they had been permitted. In a campaign speech in October 1932, Herbert Hoover said, "With the growth of democracy in foreign countries, political persecution has largely ceased. There is no longer a necessity for the United States to provide an asylum for those persecuted because...
Pagina 101 - A wave of destruction, looting and incendiarism unparalleled in Germany since the Thirty Years' War, and in Europe generally since the Bolshevist revolution, swept over Great Germany today as National Socialist cohorts took vengeance on Jewish shops, offices and synagogues for the murder by a young Polish Jew of Ernst vom Rath, third secretary of the German embassy in Paris.
Pagina 235 - David S. Wyman, Paper Walls: America and the Refugee Crisis, 1938-1941...
Pagina 135 - If international finance Jewry in and outside Europe should succeed in forcing the peoples once again into a world war, the result would not be the Bolshevization of the earth and the triumph of Jewry, but the destruction of the Jewish race in Europe.
Pagina 167 - BERLIN, September 1, later It's a "counter-attack"! At dawn this morning Hitler moved against Poland. It's a flagrant, inexcusable, unprovoked act of aggression. But Hitler and the High Command call it a "counterattack." A grey morning with overhanging clouds. The people in the street were apathetic when I drove to the Rundfunk for my first broadcast at eight fifteen am Across from the Adlon the morning shift of workers was busy on the new IG Farben building just as if nothing had happened. None...

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David Clay Large, Professor of History at Montana State University, is a specialist in modern German history. He is the author of Where Ghosts Walked, Germans to the Front, Between Two Fires, and Berlin. He lives in Bozeman, Montana, and San Francisco, California.

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