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Description - And The World Closed Its Doors by David Large

"More clearly than many other books, Large's account depicts the tragic abandonment of the Jews by Western Nations."- Booklist . Much has been written about the West's unwillingness to attempt the rescue of tens of thousands of European Jews from the hands of the Nazis. Now David Clay Large gives a specific human face to this tragedy of bureaucratic inertia and ill will. In this masterpiece of Holocaust literature, Large tells the wrenching story of Max Schohl, a German Jew who in the years preceding World War II could not find a government that would allow his family to immigrate, despite wealth, education, business and family connections, a job offer from an American university, and herculean efforts by himself and his American relatives. After repeated but fruitless efforts to gain entry first to the United States, and then to Britain, Chile, and Brazil, Max died in Auschwitz, and his wife and daughters were sent to hard labor in Wiesbaden. Max left behind a unique collection of family letters and documents, which Large has brought together into a gripping, personal commentary on the evolution of the Holocaust in Europe and the hopelessly inadequate response from abroad.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465038091
ISBN-10: 0465038093
Format: Paperback / softback
(203mm x 137mm x mm)
Pages: 310
Imprint: Basic Books
Publish Date: 9-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - David Large

David Clay Large, professor of history at Montana State University, is a specialist in modern German history. He is the author of Where Ghosts Walked: Munich's Road to the Third Reich, Germans to the Front: West German Rearmament in the Adenauer Era; Between Two Fires: Europe's Path in the 1930s, and The Politics of Law and Order: a History of the Bavarian Einwohnerwehr, 1018-1921.

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