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The response of Orthodox Jewry in the United States to the Holocaust: the activities of the Vaad ha-Hatzala Rescue Committee, 1939-1945

by Efraim Zuroff.
  • New York : Michael Scharf Publication Trust of the Yeshiva University Press ; Hoboken, N.J. : KTAV Pub. House, ©2000.
  • xxiv, 316 pages, [16] p. of plates : illustrations facsimiles ; 24 cm.
Subjects
Summary
  • "When hundreds of Polish rabbis and yeshiva students were forced to flee to Lithuania in the wake of the outbreak of World War II and the Soviet invasion of Poland, Orthodox rabbis in the United States responded by establishing a special rescue committee on their behalf called the Emergency Committee for War-Torn Yeshivoth. This committee, which later became known (by its Hebrew name) as the Vaad-ha-Hatzala Rescue Committee emerged as the official rescue and relief agency of American Orthodox Jewry during the Holocaust." "This book records the history of the Vaad-ha-Hatzala, which initially focused exclusively on the rescue of rabbis and yeshiva students, but later expanded its efforts to include all jews threatened by the Nazis regardless of their religiosity or affiliation. During World War II, the Vaad was able to help rescue hundreds of refugee Torah scholars, most of whom escaped to safety via the Far East, as well as thousands of Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe."--BOOK JACKET.
Contents
  • Foreword / Yehuda Bauer
  • Ch. 1. Historic Ties
  • Ch. 2. Establishment of the Emergency Committee for War-Torn Yeshivot
  • Ch. 3. Mission of Dr. Samuel Schmidt
  • Ch. 4. Visas to Curacao and Rescue via the Far East
  • Ch. 5. Tickets Campaign
  • Ch. 6. Entry Permits to Shanghai
  • Ch. 7. Visas to Canada
  • Ch. 8. Relief to Central Asia and Shanghai
  • Ch. 9. News of the Final Solution and Attempts to Achieve Unity
  • Ch. 10. Internalization of the Disaster and A Change in Perspective.
Other information
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 288-300) and indexes.
ISBN
  • 0881256668
  • 088125665X
Identifying numbers
  • LCCN: 99052401
  • OCLC: 42733778