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The Unwanted by Michael Dobbs
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Mar 10, 2020 | ISBN 9780525434832

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“A captivating, remarkably well-documented book that tells the little-known story of German Jews deported by the Nazis to unoccupied France in October 1940. Shuttled from one terrible camp to another, they desperately sought American visas to avoid an even more awful fate, deportation to the East. The author keeps the reader breathless as he relates, with great precision, the history of U.S. diplomacy toward the Jews of the Third Reich. I know this subject intimately, yet I read this book in one sitting, without skipping a line. A great achievement!.” —Serge Klarsfeld, Historian and Nazi Hunter
“A heartbreaking and timely read. . . . [Dobbs has] a reporter’s eye for narrative and a historian’s attention to detail and context. . . . He follows these Jewish families through harrowing cycles of deportation and desperation as they attempt to flee to safety.” —The Washington Post

“[W]eaves a devastating tapestry of too many hopes wrecked and too few lives saved. . . . [Dobbs] chronicles in meticulous, suspenseful detail the desperate perseverance of one Kippenheim family after another to find an escape from Nazi Europe.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Too often when we speak of atrocities, mass murder, crimes against humanity, or genocide we think in terms of hundreds of thousands, if not millions. The Unwanted reminds us that the victims of each atrocity are individuals with their own story and their own particular tragedy. Michael Dobbs has written a compelling history of the Jewish community of one town. We come to know these individuals in a deeply personal way. He brings us into their lives and we experience their desperate struggle to survive at a time when they were abandoned by the world.” Deborah E. Lipstadt, Ph.D., author of Antisemitism Here and Now

“Michael Dobbs has written a moving and powerful book that delves into detailed historical records of a single German town to offer a vivid portrait of the human costs of Nazi antisemitism and the tragic consequences of an unresponsive refugee policy. A compelling read for anyone concerned about the effects of refugee policy in the face of contemporary episodes of persecution and ethnic violence.” Michael Chertoff, U.S. Secretary for Homeland Security, 2005–2009


National Jewish Book Award WINNER 2019

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