Synopses & Reviews
This book challenges the widely held view which condemns as weak and half-hearted, Anglo-Jewish efforts on behalf of European Jews during the Nazi period. Anglo-Jewish organizations achieved remarkable successes in the pre-war years, combining their administrative expertise with the financial guarantee of maintenance to accomplish the rescue of over fifty thousand refugees. By tragic contrast, their lack of political and diplomatic experience during wartime rendered them almost entirely incapable of influencing an intransigent government engaged in global war to save Jewish lives.
"Dr. Shatzkes has written a most important book on what for the Jewish communities in Britain has been one of the most tragic and disturbing passages in its history." --Professor D. Cameron Watt
About the Author
is Lecturer in International History at the London School of Economics.
Table of Contents
Introduction * 'Englishmen of the Jewish Persuasion' * 'The Jewish Lions are no Longer Roaring' * The Austrian and Czechoslovakian Crises of 1938-1939 * The Watershed: Kristallnacht
and After * Internment and Deportation * Anglo-Jewry Mobilizes (Summer 1942-Spring 1943) * Pawns in the Game of War (Summer 1943-Autumn 1944) * Rescue Efforts: A Chronicle of Failure * Relief Efforts: A Chronicle of Success * Conclusion: Lack of Will, Lack of Skill?