A review of a plea for jewish refugees article

Friendship with Nazi Germany did not mean endorsing its anti-Semitic policies. Including the Polish Jews, there were at most 18, not 21, refugees "who endured the war years as visitors in Shanghai. In the first place, Goldhagen provided a coherent, monocausal explanation for the Holocaust.

The saga of the approximately 20, Jews from central and eastern Europe who found refuge in Japanese-occupied Shanghai during World War II is one of the fascinating stories of those years.

Many of the 18, refugees-not 24,had arrived penniless. This wellresearched book contributes to our knowledge of the subject. You are not currently authenticated.

Mass arrests occurred in Germany on November 10, not in May. Additional Information In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: View freely available titles: You are not currently authenticated. Gao scorns the idea that the aggressive Japanese should be given any credit for saving the Jewish refugees and argues that it is rather the Chinese, the victims of Japanese aggression, who should be credited for trying to do that.

Both China and Japan wished to benefit from In short, Geschichtswissenschafl und Offentlichkeit includes a variegated collection ofessays loosely organized around the Goldhagen controversy. The introductory chapter describes how Jewish refugees, attempting to flee Nazi Germany and unable to find a safe haven either in the United States or any other desirable country, flooded Shanghai, China, the only place in the world not requiring any type of permit.

Actually, there was no anti-Semitism in either China or Japan in premodern times, and it appeared there only in the modern period as a result of Western influence, anticommunism, and close ties with Germany.

One comes away with a sense that the real issue is how the professional historians of modern Germany lost control of their public to a non-historian like Goldhagen. Finally, Harald Schmidt brings the collection to a close with a piece on the possibility of normalizing German history.

Oxford University Press, Oxford, View freely available titles: Four reasons come to mind. Gao points out that China supported the Balfour Declaration, but so did Japan in even stronger terms.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the whole city, and not just the refugees, as stated, fell under Japanese authority.

Third, he provided catharsis for ordinary Germans. Ben-Ami Shillony bio Shanghai Sanctuary: On the basis of these and other sources, she analyzes the policies of Nationalist China and imperial Japan toward the Jewish refugees who arrived in East Asia in the years — On the contrary, Japan not only treated Jews fairly and in the same manner as other foreigners but dealt with Jews entering Japan or any other area under its control strictly on the basis of existing policies.

In other words, the good Chinese wanted to save the Jewish refugees but could not do so, while the evil Japanese who did not intend to save the Jews actually did it.

On the other hand, the Chinese plan to do so derived from positive feelings toward the Jews and from a wish to gain the goodwill of American Jews and obtain U. Gao admits that in the s both China and Japan sought the friendship of Nazi Germany.

The evidence for this dichotomy is shaky. The committee was headed by Michel Speelman, aprominent member of the Jewish resident community, and not just Japanese Diplomats and Jewish Refugees is a unique and important work dealing with a subject that has not adequately been addressed in Holocaust history.

China wanted to continue receiving military aid from Germany, but Hitler preferred an alliance with a strong Japan to one with a weak China p. In the end, historical consciousness is shaped by medium as well as message.

Second, he emphasized personal drama over impersonal structures. Yet, as China was absorbed in its war with Japan, and Western assistance to the resettlement projects failed to materialize, nothing came out of these grandiose plans.

It is a little-known fact that Japan in the s and s sheltered Jews when most ifnot all other countries made no effort to assist them when they were desperately looking for sanctuary. Since Japan was allied with Nazi Germany it had generally-but erroneouslybeen assumed that it pursued the same antisemitic policy as its Axis partner.

Gao Bei has managed to discover hitherto little-known sources. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Many books and articles have been written about it but, as the book under review demonstrates, there are always new documents to be tapped.

Regrettably, this chapter, which is very familiar to this reviewer, contains a number of incorrect statements:Japanese Diplomats and Jewish Refugees: A World War II Dilemma (review) Ernest G. Heppner Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, Volume 18, Number.

We learn from it, for instance, about the plans of Nationalist China to settle Jewish refugees in Yunnan Province and Hainan Island, and the efforts of Maurice William, the only non-Chinese and Jewish member of the Guomindang, with Albert Einstein, to find “a new home in China for German Jews” (p.

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A review of a plea for jewish refugees article
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