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A Hero of Our Own

A Hero of Our Own
Author : Sheila Isenberg
Publisher : iUniverse
Release Date : 2005
Category : Biography & Autobiography
Total pages :388
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The first full story of the most remarkable private American rescue effort of World War II is based on personal papers, letters, and interviews with many of those involved with Varian Fry.

A Hero of Our Own : the Story of Varian Fry

A Hero of Our Own : the Story of Varian Fry
Author : Anonim
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 2013
Category :
Total pages :129
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In 1940, Varian Fry, with only three thousand dollars and a list of names, went on a secret mission to Marseilles, to help those who had fled Nazi Germany and were now trapped in southern France. The list he took included most of the premier writers, painters, and scientists of Europe. Only in the past decade has the world begun to honor Fry for his accomplishments.

A Hero of Our Own: The Story of Varian Fry

A Hero of Our Own: The Story of Varian Fry
Author : Sheila Isenberg
Publisher : Plunkett Lake Press
Release Date : 2019-08-08
Category : Biography & Autobiography
Total pages :129
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“Varian Fry was the American Schindler. He even had a list. He arrived in Vichy-controlled Marseille on Aug. 15, 1940, with $3,000 taped to his leg and a charge from the organization he worked for, the Emergency Rescue Committee, to help save some 200 endangered refugees, mainly artists, writers and intellectuals, from the Nazis. He expected to stay a month, but quickly realized that the job was much larger and more complicated than he or his sponsors had imagined... He stayed for 13 months, until he was thrown out of the country, and assisted approximately 2,000 people, among them an all-star lineup that included Hannah Arendt, Marc Chagall, Max Ernst, André Breton, Arthur Koestler, Alma Mahler Werfel and Max Ophuls... A Hero of Our Own helps rescue Fry from obscurity. And with its stories of desperate exiles, menacing Nazis, forged documents and midnight escapes through the mountains, it reads at times like the script for some old Hollywood movie. Think Warner Brothers in the 1940’s. Think ‘Casablanca’ (even down to the transit visas for Portugal). All that’s missing is Peter Lorre... Throughout his months in France, no issue haunted Fry more than the question of selection. Human needs seemed limitless; resources were not. He could not help everyone. Word quickly spread through the refugee community that an American had arrived who could offer hope, and within weeks Fry was receiving 25 letters a day, a dozen telephone calls an hour. He and his staff conducted between 100 and 120 interviews each day. Altogether, around 15,000 refugees, about half the total number residing in Vichy France, got in touch with Fry — and, in effect, it was up to him to determine who among them would live and who would die... Impossible choices, spies and counterspies, the ominous knock on the door — it was all heady stuff, and after Fry was forced to return to the United States in late 1941 he, like so many who peak early, went into decline. Nothing could ever match his glory days in France. ‘The experiences of 10, 15 and even 20 years have been pressed into one,’ he wrote. ‘Sometimes I feel as if I had lived my whole life.’ Fry drifted from job to job, from journalism to magazine editing to film production to corporate writing to high school and college teaching.” — Barry Gewen, The New York Times “The story of Varian Fry is important on many levels, historical and personal. Skillfully evoking a crucial moment in recent history, Sheila Isenberg tells the compelling and dramatic story of how an ordinary person, thrust into a situation of extreme danger, did extraordinary things for one year in wartime France, then drifted almost lost through the rest of his own life. It is also a story of institutionalized bureaucratic stupidity that must never be forgotten so that it is never repeated.” — Richard Holbrooke, U.S. diplomat “The only American to be honored at Yad Vashem (Israel’s Holocaust Memorial), Fry saved the lives of thousands of refugees from the Nazis. Isenberg... delivers a moving, workmanlike account of Fry’s heroics... [She] ably renders prewar and war-time public ignorance and apathy in America and the extraordinary heroism of the sole volunteer for a dangerous rescue mission.” — Publishers Weekly (see also this Publishers Weekly interview with Sheila Isenberg) “One of the BEST BOOKS of 2001. [Fry] comes across as a genuine saint; this little book is a life of a saint equal to any medieval tome.” — St. Louis Post-Dispatch “A Hero of Our Own is significant for its implicit investigation into the combination of heroism, pure goodness and personal need that made Fry undertake the rescue of strangers at considerable personal risk and with no promise of reward. It also provides an unpleasant reminder that nations and their bureaucrats have both private concerns and a tremendous tropism toward indifference.” — David Margolis, The Jerusalem Report “Using Fry’s own words and the testimony of refugees and compatriots, Isenberg skillfully evokes the tense atmosphere of wartime Marseille, where a hoard of desperate refugees found precarious asylum. She describes the extreme measures Fry took to save as many endangered souls as he could, far more than the 200 intellectuals, scientists, writers, and artists he had been sent to aid, gathering others to help him arrange escapes from internment camps, forge documents, bribe officials, and spirit refugees across the border into Spain. Skirting danger and side-stepping the law, Fry and his group ultimately provided financial or travel assistance to approximately 4,000 refugees and enabled almost half of them to escape, all on limited resources and with little or no assistance from the United States consulate in Marseille.” — United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Featured Book “This highly readable biography tells the exciting escape stories of the underground railroad [Fry] organized to lead refugees from southern France across the Pyrenees to freedom. Isenberg sets the rescue stories against the background of American isolationism and anti-Semitism at the time, documenting her dramatic narrative with more than 70 pages of fascinating notes, including references to letters, interviews, personal papers, and government reports. The drama here is in the thrill of rescue, the realistic portrait of a complex leader, and the decidedly nonheroic truths about WWII at home.” — Hazel Rochman, Booklist “Now that America has been shocked into a new appreciation of heroism, the story of the late Varian Fry is especially timely... Sheila Isenberg devotes most of the book to the specifics of Fry’s action-packed months in Marseilles, when he ferried numerous Jews (Marc Chagall, Max Ernst, Andre Breton, and Hannah Arendt, to name a few) out of occupied France... Isenberg builds a convincing case against America’s refugee policy, and recognizes that the State Department’s resistance to Fry’s efforts was often a matter of plain old anti-Semitism.” — Jonathan Mahler, Washington Post “Sheila Isenberg has written a masterful biography of this most enigmatic man. She pulls no punches in exhibiting his flaws, but shows no restraint in praising his virtues... [Fry’s life] is truly unique and compelling, and Isenberg tells it with considerable compassion. The book is well worth the attention of anyone interested in reading about a most unlikely 20th-century hero.” — The Roanoke Times “A Hero of Our Own comes at a time when we need to remind ourselves of the high price of sticking one’s neck out for others. Isenberg’s work is a painstakingly documented book that presents human nature at its best and worst. In this dark work, she portrays Fry as a flawed but dedicated idealist.” — The Free-Lance Star (Fredericksburg, VA) “You’ll want to read Sheila Isenberg’s riveting biography of Varian Fry... It is the flashback to Fry’s early life that gave this reader the clearest insight not only into the man but into the times he lived in. He was a man who ‘chafed at the world,’ a rebel against authority [and] a hero abroad. He died in 1967, an ordinary person who had done extraordinary things just once in his life.” — Taconic Times

Survivors

Survivors
Author : Bob Moore
Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
Release Date : 2010-09-02
Category : History
Total pages :512
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The first comprehensive study of Jewish survival in western Europe in all its forms during the Holocaust.

The Dispossessed

The Dispossessed
Author : Sophia Smith Professor of Sociology Peter I Rose,Peter Isaac Rose
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 2005
Category : Political Science
Total pages :362
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Edward Said once noted that exile is compelling to think about, but terrible to experience. The Dispossessed, a collection of thoughtful essays and critical commentaries on the meaning of exile, reverberates with the significance of Said's terse comment. After a foreword by actor and activist Liv Ullmann and an introduction by Peter I. Rose, the reader is offered a series of essays examining the experiences of refugees in various parts of the world, with particular attention to the disruptions caused by World War II. dispossessed, the role of key players and concerned citizens willing to extend themselves to provide safe havens and new opportunities for those forced to flee their homelands, and examples of the contributions of refugees, particularly refugee intellectuals, to their host societies. Throughout the volume there are two unifying motifs: the plight of displaced people, be they escapees, expellees, or hapless victims caught in the crossfire of other people's conflicts, and the role of others in attempting to mitigate the predicaments of the displaced. The book is divided into four sections. The first explores the meaning of home for those forced to leave it. who lived in western Massachusetts in the 1930s and 1940s or had connections to Smith College and other institution in the area. The third section details the problems of adjustment and the cultural impact of scientists, artists, filmmakers, and writers on their host societies in the years before, during, and immediately after World War II. A brief fourth section consists of the reflections of two more recent refugees, a Cuban father and son, the elder a psychiatrist and poet, the younger a sociologist who specializes in immigration and the plight of the dispossessed. colloquium, The Anatomy of Exile, at Smith College or participants in one of two conferences held in conjunction with the colloquium. They include Dierdre Bonifaz, Lale Aka Burk, Polina Dimova, Donna Robinson Divine, Saverio Giovacchini, Ruth Gruber, Gertraud E. G. Gutzmann, Charles Killinger, Karen Koehler, Orm Overland, Thalia Pandiri, Ruben D. Rumbaut and Ruben G. Rumbaut, Richard Unsworth, and Krishna Winston.

Best Books for High School Readers

Best Books for High School Readers
Author : John Thomas Gillespie,Catherine Barr
Publisher : Libraries Unltd Incorporated
Release Date : 2004
Category : Literary Criticism
Total pages :1182
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Provides an annotated listing of recommended reading material for students in grades nine through twelve, or ages fifteen through eighteen.

Muriel's War

Muriel's War
Author : Sheila Isenberg
Publisher : Macmillan
Release Date : 2010-12-07
Category : History
Total pages :256
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An American heiress turned resistance hero, Muriel Gardiner was an electrifying woman who impressed everyone she met with her beauty, intelligence, and powerful personality. Her adventurous life led her from Chicago's high society to a Viennese medical school, from Sigmund Freud's inner circle to the Austrian underground. Over the years, she saved countless Jews and anti-fascists, providing shelter and documents ensuring their escape. This remarkable woman's life as a legend of the Austrian Resistance was captured in the movie Julia with Vanessa Redgrave and remains an inspiration to all those who believe that one individual can change the world. Gardiner's astonishing story is told here for the first time in all its variety and unanticipated twists and turns.

Television Tightrope

Television Tightrope
Author : Ralph Baruch,Lee Roderick
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 2007
Category : Biography & Autobiography
Total pages :356
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The author describes his life and career, including his flight from the Nazis during World War II, his time spent as an executive at CBS, and his tenure at the head of Viacom.

Program of the ... Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association

Program of the ... Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association
Author : American Historical Association. Meeting,American Historical Association
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 2002
Category :
Total pages :129
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Some programs include also the programs of societies meeting concurrently with the association.

CURRENT CONTENTS January 7, 2002 Volume 24 Number 1

CURRENT CONTENTS January 7, 2002 Volume 24 Number 1
Author : Anonim
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 2002
Category :
Total pages :129
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Index to Jewish Periodicals

Index to Jewish Periodicals
Author : Anonim
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 2003
Category : Jewish literature
Total pages :129
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An author and subject index to selected and American Anglo-Jewish journals of general and scholarly interests.

Courageous Resistance

Courageous Resistance
Author : Kristina E. Thalhammer,Paula L. O'Loughlin,Sam McFarland,Myron Peretz Glazer,Nathan Stoltzfus,Sharon Toffey Shepela,Penina Migdal Glazer
Publisher : Palgrave MacMillan
Release Date : 2007-07-15
Category : History
Total pages :210
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During times of grave injustice, some individuals, groups, and organizations courageously resist maltreatment of all people, regardless of their backgrounds. Courageous resisters have assisted others in such locales as Nazi-controlled Europe throughout the 1930s and 40s, Argentina during the "Dirty War" of the 1970s, Rwanda in the 1990s genocide and Iraqi prisons in recent years. Using these and other case studies, this book introduces readers to the broad spectrum of courageous resistance and provides a framework for analyzing the factors that motivate and sustain opposition to human rights violations.

Villa Air-Bel

Villa Air-Bel
Author : Rosemary Sullivan
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 2006
Category : Artists
Total pages :476
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The remarkable true story of some of Europe's greatest artists, the house that sheltered them during the Second World War, and the Emergency Rescue Committee who helped them escape from the Nazis

Issues of the American Council for Judaism

Issues of the American Council for Judaism
Author : Anonim
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 2003
Category : Jews
Total pages :129
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The New Republic

The New Republic
Author : Herbert David Croly
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 1998
Category : Political science
Total pages :129
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