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America, Its Jews, and the Rise of Nazism : Jewish Literature and Culture - Gulie Arad

America, Its Jews, and the Rise of Nazism

Jewish Literature and Culture

Hardcover Published: 22nd December 2000
ISBN: 9780253338099
Number Of Pages: 328

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"This meticulously researched and brilliantly argued account of American Jewry and the Nazi crisis is an outstanding achievement.... This is history at its best, a work of humane and balanced scholarship that unveils the nuances and ambiguities of the human experience. Framed within a compelling narrative, it is beautifully written with lucid restraint, yet deep compassion.... an essential corrective to an often misunderstood history." -- Saul Friedlander

What did American Jews do to help the threatened Jewish communities of Europe as the Nazi grip tightened in the 1930s? Why didn't they do more to help Jews leave Europe and bring them to America? Probing these questions, Gulie Ne'eman Arad finds that, more than the events themselves, what was instrumental in dictating and shaping the American Jews' response to Nazism was the dilemma posed by their desire for acceptance by American society, on the one hand, and their commitment to community solidarity, on the other. When American Jews were faced with the desperate plight of European Jews after Hitler's accession to power, they were hesitant to press the case for immigration for fear of raising doubts about their own patriotism. In this gripping and thoroughly researched account, Arad contextualizes the American Jewish encounter with Nazism within the overall history of the American Jewish experience from the mid-19th century and offers a persuasive explanation of the ambivalent political response of American Jewish leaders in dealing with the Roosevelt administration.

"This meticulously researched and brilliantly argued account of American Jewry and the Nazi crisis is an outstanding achievement... This is history at its best, a work of humane and balanced scholarship that unveils the nuances and ambiguities of the human experience. Framed within a compelling narrative, it is beautifully written with lucid restraint, yet deep compassion... an essential corrective to an often misunderstood history." --Saul Friedlander

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introductionp. 1
Incoming
Amerika du hast es besser: German Jewish Immigrants in Americap. 11
A Community Transformed: The Influx from the Eastp. 29
A Growing Divide - "We" and "They"
Hard Times in the Goldene Medine: The Jewish Question in the American Contextp. 49
A Crisis of Faith: Anti-Semitism in Weimar Germanyp. 71
A Fragile Political Voice, 1933-1935
Jewish Leaders versus the Voice of America, 1933p. 103
Co-optation of Protest: Trying to Break Through, 1933p. 129
The Demise of the Myth of Jewish Powerp. 157
Crisis an Patriotism, 1936-1942
FDR: The greatest fried we havep. 187
On Being an American: (In Place of a) Conclusionp. 209
Notesp. 225
Bibliographyp. 281
Indexp. 301
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ISBN: 9780253338099
ISBN-10: 0253338093
Series: Jewish Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 22nd December 2000
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.51  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.68