The Red Cross and the Holocaust (Hardback)
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The Red Cross and the Holocaust (Hardback)

(author), (translator), (translator)
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Hardback 388 Pages / Published: 13/11/1999
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The Red Cross and the Holocaust presents a startling assessment of the role of the world's most famous charity in World War II. Was the Red Cross aware of the appalling sufferings of the victims of the concentration camps? How much did its International Committee know about the deportation and extermination of the Jews in Europe? Did it try to protect the persecuted Jews? In what ways could it have helped them, given the neutrality which was the basis of its foundation? These questions have remained unanswered for more than fifty years and have sparked off bitter debates. Jean-Claude Favez here presents a fundamental reappraisal, informed by unrivalled access to the archives of the Red Cross. This magisterial work includes a chronology, indices, biographical notes, and a statement by the charity's current leaders: anyone interested in the complexity and tragedy of the Holocaust will find this compelling reading.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521415873
Number of pages: 388
Weight: 770 g
Dimensions: 235 x 161 x 31 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
' ... mind-boggling and an excellently researched academic treatise.' Jewish Herald Voice
' ... excellently translated ... Favez's book gives many examples of the difficulties that the historian faces in considering the actual role of the Red Cross'. History Today
'Favez is the first historian to have been granted complete access to the records of the Red Cross, and he has mined them well ... The Red Cross and the Holocaust ably documents a crucial chapter in the history of the Shoah and constitutes an important contribution to the historiography of international responses to this unprecedented tragedy.' Studies in Contemporary Jewry
"...a work of important scholarship marred by leaden writing..." The Canadian Jewish News
"...essential reading..." Nursing History Review
"...Jean-Claude Favez's authoritative account demonstrates in heart-rending detail...the Germans accorded the ICRC a significant degree of access not just to British and American POWs but even to concentration camps where political internees were held." David Rieff, LA Times
"....worthy addition to Holocaust literature by a French academic who had unrestricted access to the organizations archives is the author's nuanced argument about why that failure took place, along with his documentation...Favez, like his subject, is balanced: he dutifully lists the number of aid packages sent to concentration camp inmates and requests made to visit the camps." Publisher's Weekly
"Favez' insightful work demonstrates the age-old maxim that there are always at least three sides to every story...The book describes one event after another of a parade of events wherein the ICRC was only successful in saving small remnants of Jews and other civilian internees of Nazi death camps, but the unspoken questin remains: did The ICRC do all they were able to do to save even more, or all of the victims? The picture that emerges is that they gave it an honest try and gave yeoman effort to save as many as they were able to." Aharon ben Anshel, The Jewish Press
"A valuable and thorough documentation of how little the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) could and did do for the Holocaust's six million Jews. This pivotal study, while stating the ICRC's limitations may paint that cross red." Kirkus Reviews
"...mind-boggling and an excellently researched academic treatise that sheds light on not only what actually happened to Jews at the camps but also the official correspondence behind what happened and why who did or did not do what to whom and why it all matters." Jewish Herald Voice
"The translation and publication of this definitive account is of fundamental importance. It is excellent that Professor Favez's judicious assessment of a range of what were for many years inaccessible sources should be made available in English." Paul Wiendling, Oxford Brookes University
"Jean-Claude Favez's reconstruction of the pre-war and war-time activities of the International Red Cross remains a unique contribution to present-day understanding of this humanitarian disaster. In addition to his masterly and objective reconstruction of Red Cross policy, Professor Favez brings to his task a unique insight into the thinking of the Swiss establishment and into the complex workings of the Swiss government. This English edition of Une Mission Impossible? is more than a superb translation of the original. In its re-worked form and with prefaces by both author and translators, it becomes a classic in the field." Zara Steiner, Cambridge University
"The book opens with a detailed and balanced account of the ICRC's efforts to act in the face of the provocative and brutal behavior of the Nazi regime toward its internal opponents." Americans Jewish Congress Jan-Feb 2002

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