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Advocate for the Doomed : The Diaries and Papers of James G. McDonald, 1932-1935 - James G. McDonald

Advocate for the Doomed

The Diaries and Papers of James G. McDonald, 1932-1935

Hardcover Published: 25th April 2007
ISBN: 9780253348623
Number Of Pages: 838

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The private diary of James G. McDonald (1886--1964) offers a unique and hitherto unknown source on the early history of the Nazi regime and the Roosevelt administration's reactions to Nazi persecution of German Jews. Considered for the post of U.S. ambassador to Germany at the start of FDR's presidency, McDonald traveled to Germany in 1932 and met with Hitler soon after the Nazis came to power. Fearing Nazi intentions to remove or destroy Jews in Germany, in 1933 he became League of Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and sought aid from the international community to resettle outside the Reich Jews and others persecuted there. In late 1935 he resigned in protest at the lack of support for his work.

This is the eagerly awaited first of a projected three-volume work that will significantly revise the ways that scholars and the world view the antecedents of the Holocaust, the Shoah itself, and its aftermath.

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James G. McDonald . . . knew every major public figure in the 1930s as Europe and later the rest of the world rushed to war. He was also . . . a dedicated and precise diarist, recording his meetings with Hitler, Mussolini, and President Roosevelt and detailing his own impressions of Nazi intentions. . . . The diaries show that McDonald believed as early as 1933 that the Nazis were considering the mass killing of Europe's Jew--Neil A. Lewis "The New York Times "

Introduction: Young Man from Indiana
Foreshadowing: Summer-Fall 1932
The Nazi Revolution: Winter 1932-Spring 1933
American Reactions: Late April-May 1933
Alerting Others: June-August 1933
Lobbying for League Action: September 1933
High Commissioner: October 1933
A Bridge from Lausanne to Berlin: November 1933
Proposal for a Corporation: December 1933
Washington's Views: January 1934
Testing Germany/Family Crisis: February 1934
Raising Funds: March 1934
The "Jewish Question" in Europe: April 1934
Emigration Options?: May 1934
Turn for the Worse: June 1934
Visit to the Saar: July 1934
The League Keeps its Distance: August 1934
The Climate in Geneva: September 1934
Criticism is Easy: October 1934
Grand Tour: November 1934
Home Leave: December 1934
The Catholic Connection: January 1935
A Diplomatic Maneuver: February 1935
Brazil: March 1935
South American Survey: April 1935
Regret and Relief: May 1935
Downsizing: June 1935
Liquidation Plans: July 1935
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ISBN: 9780253348623
ISBN-10: 0253348625
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 838
Published: 25th April 2007
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.23 x 16.71  x 4.93
Weight (kg): 1.4