Bystanders to the Holocaust by David Cesarani, Paul A. Levine

By David Cesarani, Paul A. Levine

Utilizing obtainable archival resources, a staff of historians exhibit how a lot america, Britain, Switzerland and Sweden knew concerning the Nazi try and homicide all of the Jews of Europe in the course of global battle II.

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But although tainted by racism and antisemitism, it was flexible enough to adapt to changing needs and circumstances. The flexibility of policy makers in Sweden calls into question the notion that neutrality is something rigid. The concept of neutrality is most closely associated with Switzerland and it is here subjected to searching critique by Jacques Picard. Finally, to remind us of the human dimension of rescue, Sune Persson tells the story of Count Folke Bernadotte, his courageous team of Swedish officers and men, and their mission to bring victims of the concentration camps to safety on the ‘White Busses’ in the closing months of the war.

Gösta Engzell headed the Legal Division of the Swedish Foreign Office throughout the war. He was primarily responsible for the dramatic and positive switch in the Swedish government’s response to the genocide of Europe’s Jews (Hans Gösta Engzell). 3. Count Folke Bernadotte arriving at Bromma airport, Stockholm, after successfully negotiating an agreement with Heinrich Himmler for the release of thousands of inmates from concentration camps in northern Germany (Pressens Bild). 4. A ferry with several ‘White Buses’ and recently rescued women arrives in southern Sweden in May 1945.

2 and 3 (Autumn/Winter 2000) published by Frank Cass and Co. Ltd. Contents Introduction David Cesarani and Paul A. Levine Mad Dogs and Englishmen: Towards a Taxonomy of Rescuers in a ‘Bystander’ Country – Britain 1933–45 David Cesarani ‘Pissing in the Wind’? The Search for Nuance in the Study of Holocaust ‘Bystanders’ Tony Kushner Constructing Allied Humanitarian Policy Meredith Hindley Switzerland, National Socialist Policy, and the Legacy of History Jacques Picard The Lost Honour of the Bystanders?

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