The Ransom of the Jews: The Story of Extraordinary Secret Bargain Between Romania and Israel (Hardback)
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The Ransom of the Jews: The Story of Extraordinary Secret Bargain Between Romania and Israel (Hardback)

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Hardback 244 Pages / Published: 13/01/2005
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After 1948, the 370,000 surviving Jews of Romania became one of the main sources of immigration for the new state of Israel. Behind Romania's decision to allow its Jews to leave were practical economic and political reasons: Israel paid for them, and Romania wanted influence in the Middle East. The trade satisfied both states and is still considered a highly confidential matter. In The Ransom of the Jews, Radu Ioanid of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum traces the intriguing story of this secret exchange.

Publisher: Ivan R Dee, Inc
ISBN: 9781566635622
Number of pages: 244
Weight: 417 g
Dimensions: 221 x 148 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
This is one of those rare books that is both an invaluable primary source and an occasion for profound thought. -- Andrei Codrescu, NPR commentator, professor of English, Louisiana State University, author of The Hole in the Flag: an Exile's Story of Return and Revolution
Carefully documented.... This work is essential for academic collections as a supplement to any histories of Romania. * Library Journal *
...Intriguing story... * Forbes *
...Important as an official report... -- Marina Constantinoiu * Jurnalul National *
Ioanid doesn't shy away from telling us who Ceausescu really was.... Ioanid does a good job explaining th[e] context. -- Gal Beckerman * Forward *
The book is a shattering document, a story superbly told, which makes it a non-stop read. -- Baruch Cohen * Montreal Gazette *
"A fascinating story, written by the energetic and knowledgeable Radu Ioanid. The book is a shattering document, a story superbly told, as well as an opportunity to learn about the vicious character of the anti-Semitic face of Romania's Communist leaders. It should be translated into Hebrew, so that the second and third generations of Romanian Jews in Israel, will know how their grandparents and parents were treated by their "homeland."" -- Baruch Cohen * Ynetnews.Com *
Ioanid writes with verve, enlivening his narrative with generous quotations from people he has interviewed, from all sides, who were directly involved in the deals, and from memoir literature. There are several comic cameos, such as the temporary loss in Zurich Airport of a suitcase containing $1 million in ransom money. But, as Andrei Codrescu, who was among the Jews ransomed by Israel, writes in his endorsement, Radu Ioanid's finely researched book highlights the ambiguity of a morally reprehensible policy that resulted paradoxically in freedom for many. -- Dennis Deletant, Georgetown University * Times Literary Supplement *
A concise chronicle.... This book tells an exciting story of daring, steadfast commitment to the rescue of entrapped Jews... * Jewish Book World *
An important book.... Recommended. -- J. Fischel, Millersville University * CHOICE *
Provides the first comprehensive treatment of the most vexing problem of twentieth-century Israeli-Romanian realtions and its international ramifications. -- Dov. B. Lungu * International History Review *
A remarkable and engrossing read...[The Ransom of the Jews] will give readers an excellent perspective. -- Norm Goldman * Bookpleasures.com *
Fascinating reconstruction...sheds valuable light on this complicated and shameful chapter in the history of Communist Romania. -- DRAGOS PETRESCU * Journal of Cold War Studies *

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