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A Race Against Death: Peter Bergson, America, and the Holocaust Hardcover – November 7, 2002
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This is a chilling account of U.S. indifference to the plight of European Jews during WWII, of how government officials not only failed to act but thwarted the efforts of those who tried. Had Peter Bergson, representing Ze'ev Jabotinsky's Revisionist Zionists in America, received government support for his plans to rescue Hitler's Jewish victims, many more might have been saved and his name might have been as well known as those of Oskar Schindler and Raoul Wallenberg. But as Wyman (The Destruction of the Jews) and Medoff (The Deafening Silence: American Jewish Leaders and the Holocaust) make clear in this simple but potent volume, Bergson's dogged efforts-advertisements in the New York Times, lobbying in Washington, a star-studded pageant called "We Will Never Die" that toured the country-were crippled in large part not only by Roosevelt's administration but by the leaders of the established American Jewish community. The latter were threatened by the Lithuanian-born, Palestine-raised Bergson's tactics and by his ties to what was considered a radical wing of the Zionist movement. What makes this book an ideal companion to Wyman's seminal Abandonment of the Jews (1984) is a transcript of a 12-hour interview he conducted with Bergson as part of his research for that volume. Much-needed context is added by interviews with other players, as well as fascinating letters and papers, including a scathing indictment of the Roosevelt administration's inaction by a Treasury Department official.
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A superb book....should be read by those who would be armed with truth to fight repeating the infamous past. -- Edward I. Koch, former mayor of New York
All students, scholars, and activists committed to averting another century of war and terror will benefit...remarkable and steadfast research. -- Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of Eleanor Roosevelt
Bergson's remarkable story has been told by historians and memoirists but never by Bergson himself. That silence has now ended. -- Michael Oren, The New Republic --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Where does the buck stop? In many places but always with the executive.
regarding the Nazi massacres. It's the kind of book that gives you hope and shows how a handful of people can really make a difference. I strongly recommend it.