Holocaust expert Deborah Dwork, a professor at Clark University, has co-authored a new book telling the story of the Jewish refugees who took to the road to escape the Holocaust during World War II -- and the millions of Jews who were left homeless after the war.
Dwork, who is director of the Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark, will offer a public lecture on her new book, "Flight from the Reich," on Thursday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at Tilton Hall on the Clark campus in Worcester. This is Dwork's third book written jointly with Professor Robert Jan van Pelt of the University of Waterloo in Canada.
The Strassler Center offers the nation's only doctoral program in Holocaust and genocide studies. The center focuses on the Armenian genocide and other genocides as well as the Holocaust.
The book traces the history of Jewish flight from the emerging Nazi regime in Germany from 1933 through the war years and into 1946, the year after the war ended. The authors recount the obstacles Jews faced in fleeing Nazi Germany, not least because of the barriers to entry erected by countries including Britain and the United States. But while many people believe that few Jews were able to escape, the authors write that one million Jews sought safety elsewhere. And two million were left homeless in the devastation of the Holocaust.
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