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.
Since its publication in mid 1997, "The Myth of Rescue" has commanded attention from all fronts, prompting a range of reactions--from vitriolic criticism to high praise. In this paperback edition, William D. Rubinstein addresses his critics in a new introduction, and armed with astounding scholarship, comments further on the many alleged lost opportunities for saving Jews available to the Allies.
""The Myth of Rescue is a commanding work of historical criticism. Professor Rubinstein's rigorous analysis of a terrible time in human history should bring to an end the long and understandably emotional debate about the possibility of saving more victims of Hitler's holocaust."
-Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
""The Myth of Rescue...is a most important contribution to the discussion of America's role and responsibility regarding the Holocaust."
-William J. vanden Heuvel, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Assistant Attorney General
..."a highly controversial and contentious book....[that] should be welcomed."