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Publish 12 months note: First released January 1st 2002 via Frank Cass Publishers

Using obtainable archival assets, a group of historians show 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 conflict II.

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Indeed, the agencies’ focus was not on individualized service, as Rosenberg recommended. Instead, the agencies pushed the newcomers to stand on their own as quickly as possible. Rosenberg’s remarks are also important because they describe the survivors as they were in 1947, with obvious medical and psychological conditions that distinguished them from those refugees who came earlier. Despite this, when the number of immigrants What to Do with the DPs? 23 continued to increase, the agency deemphasized health and psychological issues.

Welcome to America,” read a banner atop a military boat that brought government officials to greet the newcomers. ’ ” One new arrival declared, “We are born today the second time in our lives. ”1 Shortly after arrival of the first DPs, Joseph Beck, executive director of USNA, sent a memo to his national field staff alerting them to an imminent increase in immigration. ”2 Both the legislation and the Jewish refugee organizations were in place. America was ready for the DPs. Jewish leaders expected between 20,000 and 30,000 Jews to enter the United States on the DPA of 1948.

58 Rosenberg’s comments are significant for several reasons. His characterization of survivors as “dependent” reflected a pervasive attitude. On the one hand, it showed recognition that their wartime experiences had deeply affected survivors. On the other hand, it revealed the general perception of the experience—that being in camps had beaten people down and made them unable to think for themselves. This simplified the problem and suggested a prescriptive, external approach: to make the refugees independent.

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