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New Institute for Regional Studies publication tells the story about how one North Dakota man managed to pluck more than a hundred German Jews away from the clutches of the Nazis. Close to one hundred thousand European Jews found refuge in the United States before the onset of the Second World War.
You Have Been Kind Enough to Assist me: Herman Stern and the Jewish Refugee Crisis is the story is about how one man living in a small town in North Dakota, by dint of his energy, determination, refusal to be discouraged, help at critical moments (for he well knew that he could never have succeeded as he did without the help of a special friend in Washington), he managed to pluck more than a hundred German Jews away from the clutches of the Nazis. It was a remarkable achievement. Then when, after the Holocaust, historians argued, with justice, that America could have done more, this man was content to express his gratitude that with help he was able to do something.
You Have Been Kind Enough to Assist Me provides a rare glimpse of how some Americans reacted to the Holocaust as it was developing in Europe.
Author Terry Shoptaugh is a professor of history and the University Archivist at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He is the author of two previous books on Minnesota and North Dakota history, and is currently writing a book on the role of North Dakota national guard units in World War II.
The price is only $24.95, plus $4 shipping. Mail orders may be sent to the Institute for Regional Studies, NDSU Dept. #2360, P.O. Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050, or call 701-231-8338. A convenient order form is available at the Institute web site.
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