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Response of Orthodox Jewry in the United States: The Activities of the Vaad Ha-Hatzala Rescue Committee, 1939-1945 Hardcover – May 2, 2000
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In this remarkable book, Zuroff tells the story of the Vaad ha-Hatzala, an association of American Orthodox Jewry that rescued rabbis and yeshiva students in Nazi-occupied Europe. The Vaad rescued approximately 625 Polish rabbis and students from Lithuania by way of East Asia. It helped keep alive hundreds of refugee Torah scholars living under extremely harsh conditions during the Japanese occupation of Shanghai. (The group later saved other Jews, but Zuroff's study ends in January 1944, except for a brief recounting of the Vaad's activities in 1944 and 1955 in an afterword.) Zuroff has utilized previously unpublished documents from the archives of the Vaad at Yeshiva University in New York City, the archives of the Joint Distribution Committee in New York, and archives at Brandeis University, along with other archives worldwide. Zuroff presents the first comprehensive history of the association and examines the extent to which it succeeded in fulfilling its objectives. George Cohen
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