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The road to September 1939 : Polish Jews, Zionists, and the Yishuv on the eve of World War II / Jehuda Reinharz and Yaacov Shavit ; translated by Michal Sapir

Publication | Library Call Number: DS134.55 .S4313 2018
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"How the Zionist movement and the Yishuv actively sought to help Polish and other European Jews in the 1930s In European and Holocaust historiography, it is generally believed that neither the Zionist movement nor the Yishuv, acting primarily out of self-interest, energetically attempted to help European Jews escape the Nazi threat. Drawing on the memoirs, letters, and institutional reports of Chaim Weizmann, Zeev Jabotinsky, David Ben-Gurion, and many others, this volume sheds new light on a troubled period in Jewish history. Reinharz and Shavit trace Jewish responses to developments in Eastern and Central Europe to show that--contrary to recent scholarship and popular belief--Zionists in the Yishuv worked tirelessly on the international stage on behalf of their coreligionists in Europe. Focusing particularly on Poland, while explicating conditions in Germany and Czechoslovakia as well, the authors examine the complicated political issues that arose not just among Jews themselves, but also within national governments in Britain, Europe, and America. Piercing to the heart of conversations about how or whether to save Jews in an increasingly hostile Europe, this volume provides a nuanced and thoughtful assessment of what could and could not be achieved in the years just prior to World War II and the Holocaust"-- Publisher's website.

Uniform Title
Derekh le-Sepṭember 1939. English
דרך לספטמבר 1939. אנגלית
The Tauber Institute series for the study of European Jewry
Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry series (Unnumbered)
Reinharz, Jehuda, author.
Waltham, Massachusetts : Brandeis University Press, [2018]
Includes bibliographical references and index
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