Well Worth Saving: American Universities' Life-and-death Decisions On Refugees From Nazi Europe

December 3, 2019|
Well Worth Saving: American Universities' Life-and-death Decisions On Refugees From Nazi Europe by Laurel Leff
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A harrowing account of the profoundly consequential decisions American universities made about refugee scholars from Nazi-dominated Europe

The United States’ role in saving Europe’s intellectual elite from the Nazis is often told as a tale of triumph, which in many ways it was. America welcomed Albert Einstein and Enrico Fermi, Hannah Arendt and Herbert Marcuse, Rudolf Carnap and Richard Courant, among hundreds of other physicists, philosophers, mathematicians, historians, chemists, and linguists who transformed the American academy. Yet for every scholar who survived and thrived, many, many more did not.
 
To be hired by an American university, a refugee scholar had to be world-class and well connected, not too old and not too young, not too right and not too left, and, most important, not too Jewish. Those who were unable to flee were left to face the horrors of the Holocaust. In this rigorously researched book, Laurel Leff rescues from obscurity scholars who were deemed “not worth saving” and tells the riveting, full story of the hiring decisions universities made during the Nazi era.
Laurel Leff is associate director of the Jewish Studies Program and associate professor of journalism at Northeastern University. She is the author of Buried by The Times: The Holocaust and America’s Most Important Newspaper.
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Title:Well Worth Saving: American Universities' Life-and-death Decisions On Refugees From Nazi EuropeFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:368 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 1 inShipping dimensions:368 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 1 inPublished:3 décembre 2019Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300243871

ISBN - 13:9780300243871

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