Don't Wave Goodbye: The Children's Flight From Nazi Persecution To American Freedom

Hardcover | June 30, 2004

byPhilip K. Jason

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Sent across the ocean by their parents and taken in by foster parents and distant relatives, approximately 1,000 children, ranging in age from fourteen months to sixteen years, landed in the United States and out of Hitler's reach between 1934 and 1945. Seventy years after the first ship brought a handful of these children to American shores, the general public and many of the children themselves remain unaware of these rescues, and the fact that they were accomplished despite powerful forces in and outside the government that did not want them to occur. This is the first published account, told in the words of the children and their rescuers, to detail this unknown part of America's response to the Holocaust. It will challenge the belief that Americans did nothing to directly and actively save Holocaust victims. Judith Tydor Baumel, Holocaust scholar and sister of two rescued children, provides an introduction explaining why, when, how, and where the rescues were carried out, who the heroes and heroines were, and which individuals and organizations placed almost insurmountable obstacles in their path. This account presents both recollections and experiences recorded at the time of the rescued children, their descendants, and their rescuers. The story demonstrates what a small group of determined people can do to change the course of history.

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Sent across the ocean by their parents and taken in by foster parents and distant relatives, approximately 1,000 children, ranging in age from fourteen months to sixteen years, landed in the United States and out of Hitler's reach between 1934 and 1945. Seventy years after the first ship brought a handful of these children to American ...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:271 pages, 9.46 × 6.66 × 1.06 inPublished:June 30, 2004Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0275982297

ISBN - 13:9780275982294

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"On the broadest level, Don't Wave Goodbye chronicles a dramatic moment in American history when Jewish and Quaker Americans worked together successfully to rescue children from the Nazi threat. The cooperation between the two communities is a rare instance of ideologies uniting rather than dividing in times of crisis. At the same time, the stories themselves remind us that the challenges facing these children did not end when they left Germany. The variety of their experiences in America testifies to the challenges of survival in a new land, a new language, and new families. By documenting the stories of these children, Don't Wave Goodbye reminds us of the flexibility of their spirit when it seemed the world at large had lost sight of that very same thing."-Gwen Goodman, Executive Director/CEO National Museum of American Jewish History