The Myth of Rescue: Why the Democracies Could Not Have Saved More Jews from the Nazis

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Psychology Press, 1997 - History - 267 pages
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It has long been claimed that the Allies did little or nothing to rescue Europe's Jews. Did they deny refuge to those fleeing Hitler's death machine? Why did they fail to bomb Auschwitz and the other concentration camps? Could they have actually negotiated with the Nazis for Jewish lives? Arguing that the rescue of the Jewish people has been consistently misinterpreted, The Myth of Rescue states that no Jew who perished in the Holocaust could have been saved by any action of the Western Allies. Presenting what was actually known of the Holocaust at the time and what actions were realistically possible, William D. Rubinstein traces the development of the arguments surrounding the debate and debunks the "myths" that were generated in the 1970s and '80s: the myth of the closed-door immigration policies in the years 1933-40 and the plans for rescue proposed by the democracies--including the bombing of concentration camps, the possibility that the War Refugee Board could have saved more Jews, and the rumors of negotiations between the democracies and Nazis to save Jewish lives. The topic is explored with a historian's skill and presented with the conviction of one who once believed that the democracies did nothing and more Jews could have been rescued but who now, through his own research, has uncovered evidence that the opposite is true. -- Publisher's description.
 

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A book apparently written by a self-hating Jew. This gentleman apparently applauds the lack of action to save Jewish refugees from the Holocaust. He argues credulously that the doors to the ... Read full review

THE MYTH OF RESCUE: Why the Democrats Could Not Have Saved More Jews from the Nazis

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In this revisionist history Rubinstein (History/Univ. of Wales, Aberystwyth) sets out to debunk as ``illogical and ahistorical'' the work of several established historians who raise the question of ... Read full review

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Contents

THE HISTORIOGRAPHY OF RESCUE
1
THE MYTH OF CLOSED DOORS 19339
15
THE MYTH OF PLANS FOR RESCUE
63
THE MYTH OF BOMBING AUSCHWITZ
157
THE MYTH OF THE WAR REFUGEE BOARD
182
THE MYTH OF NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE NAZIS
198
THE MYTH OF RESCUE
206
NOTES
217
INDEX
257
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Bill Rubinstein is a Professor at Aberystwyth. He is well known as a controversial author in historical circles. His best selling books include ""The Truth Will Out,"" which presents a new candidate for The Shakespeare Authorship Debate and ""The Myth of Rescue"" which refuted the idea that more Jews could have been saved by the Allies from the Holocaust.

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