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The Red Cross and the Holocaust - Jean-Claude Favez

The Red Cross and the Holocaust

By: Jean-Claude Favez, John Fletcher (Translator), Beryl Fletcher (Translator)

Hardcover Published: 13th November 1999
ISBN: 9780521415873
Number Of Pages: 388

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The Red Cross and the Holocaust presents a startling new assessment of the role of the world's most famous charity in World War II. Was the Red Cross aware of the appalling sufferings of the victims of the concentration camps? How much did its International Committee know about the deportation and extermination of the Jews in Europe? Did it try to protect the persecuted Jews? In what ways could it have helped them, given the neutrality which was the basis of its foundation? These questions have remained unanswered for more than fifty years and have sparked off bitter debates. Jean-Claude Favez here presents a fundamental reappraisal, informed by unrivalled access to the archives of the Red Cross. This magisterial work includes a chronology, indices, biographical notes, and a statement by the charity's current leaders: anyone interested in the complexity and tragedy of the Holocaust will find this compelling reading.

Industry Reviews

' ... mind-boggling and an excellently researched academic treatise.' Jewish Herald Voice ' ... excellently translated ... Favez's book gives many examples of the difficulties that the historian faces in considering the actual role of the Red Cross'. History Today 'Favez is the first historian to have been granted complete access to the records of the Red Cross, and he has mined them well ... The Red Cross and the Holocaust ably documents a crucial chapter in the history of the Shoah and constitutes an important contribution to the historiography of international responses to this unprecedented tragedy.' Studies in Contemporary Jewry

The Background
The Red Cross, political prisoners and racial persecution before 1939
Secrecy, rumour, information
The door that stayed shut
Ways and means
The ICRC and Political and Racial Persecution in Hitler's Europe
The occupied countries
The satellites
The Axis allies
Another Turn of the Screw
The drama of retreat, persecution and action played out in Hungary
Aid and protection on the eve of liberation
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ISBN: 9780521415873
ISBN-10: 052141587X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 388
Published: 13th November 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.55 x 16.13  x 3.12
Weight (kg): 0.77