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Refugees and Rescue: The Diaries and Papers of James G. McDonald, 1935-1945 Hardcover – April 14, 2009

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"[The book]... sheds considerable light on [James McDonald's] tireless efforts to secure refuge for Jews fleeing Nazi persecution..." —Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 40, no. 1

"New evidence presented in this book challenges widely held opinions about Franklin D. Roosevelt's views on the rescue of European Jews before and during the Holocaust." —Menorah Review, May 6, 2010

"The papers of James Grover McDonald represent a major resource for the research of one of the greatest humanitarian crises of the twentieth century.... The editors of the present volume have... considerably illuminated, both for the scholarly community and the public, how Americans and their leaders coped with the Third Reich." —Wolfgang G. Schwanitz, Jewish Political Studies Review, Spring 2010

"These newly discovered documents... show an American president more interested, more horrified and ultimately more involved in these issues in the period leading to the war than previously believed." —David Shribman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 7, 2009

"Refugees and Rescue is a remarkable account that sheds new light on the plight of European Jews during the horrific decade from 1935 to 1945." —The Hudson River Valley Review, Autumn 2009

"This is the fascinating diary of James McDonald, later to become the first United States emissary to the State of Israel. The volume provides keen and thoughtful insight into the political machinations of 1935-1945, when McDonald served the League of Nations and later American President Roosevelt in various positions regarding the plight of refugees." —Jewish Tribune, June 2009

"The book... will undoubtedly reignite the charged debate over whether Roosevelt could have done more to rescue millions of Jews, Gypsies, gay people, dissidents and others who died in Nazi death camps." —Patricia Cohen, New York Times


"More than most politicians, McDonald understood the radical nature of Nazi anti-semitism and sought to move not only the international community on behalf of Germany's Jews, but also the U.S. State Department, where he found indifference, if not worse.... This is an invaluable document in understanding the period that witnessed the Nazi 'seizure of power.'" —Choice, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"[Advocate for the Doomed] is a compelling look at one man's efforts to do something about a looming catastrophe. At times the book is inspiring—McDonald's prescience and energy are simply amazing. But because we know what is soon to happen to Europe's Jews, we share his frustration that no one seems to be listening. We feel what it was to be an advocate for the doomed." —The Wall Street Journal, reviewing a previous edition or volume

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