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Post-Holocaust Politics

Britain, the United States, and Jewish Refugees, 1945-1948
Kochavi, Arieh J. (Book - 2001 )
Post-Holocaust Politics
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The University of North Carolina Press
Between 1945 and 1948, more than a quarter of a million Jews fled countries in Eastern Europe and the Balkans and began filling hastily erected displaced persons camps in Germany and Austria. As one of the victorious Allies, Britain had to help find a solution for the vast majority of these refugees who refused repatriation. Drawing on extensive research in British, American, and Israeli archives, Arieh Kochavi presents a comprehensive analysis of British policy toward Jewish displaced persons and reveals the crucial role the United States played in undermining that policy.

Kochavi argues that political concerns--not human considerations--determined British policy regarding the refugees. Anxious to secure its interests in the Middle East, Britain feared its relations with Arab nations would suffer if it appeared to be too lax in thwarting Zionist efforts to bring Jewish Holocaust survivors to Palestine. In the United States, however, the American Jewish community was able to influence presidential policy by making its vote hinge on a solution to the displaced persons problem. Setting his analysis against the backdrop of the escalating Cold War, Kochavi reveals how, ironically, the Kremlin as well as the White House came to support the Zionists' goals, albeit for entirely different reasons.

Post-Holocaust Politics: Britain, the United States, and Jewish Refugees, 1945-1948

Authors: Kochavi, Arieh J.
Statement of Responsibility: Arieh J. Kochavi
Title: Post-Holocaust politics
Britain, the United States, and Jewish refugees, 1945-1948
Publisher: Chapel Hill, NC : University of North Carolina Press, c2001
Characteristics: xiii, 377 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Palestine Emigration and immigration Jews Europe Migrations United States Emigration and immigration Government policy Great Britain Emigration and immigration Government policy Holocaust survivors Europe Jewish refugees Government policy United States Jewish refugees Government policy Great Britain
Topical Term: Jews
Holocaust survivors
Jewish refugees
Jewish refugees
LCCN: 2001023404
ISBN: 0807826200
Branch Call Number: 362.8708 K
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