Portrait of a Fiery Maverick
Ages, Arnold, Midstream
A Race Against Death: Peter Bergson, America and the Holocaust, by David S. Wyman and Rafael Medoff. New York: The New Press, 2002, 269 pp., $26.95.
And still the disclosures come--this time from the combined resources of two gifted researchers and writers, David. S. Wyman, author of the disquieting memoir called The Abandonment of the Jews and Rafael Medoff, an American academic who has published seven volumes on the Holocaust.
The mainstream studies on this horrific event concentrate mainly on the Nazis' war against the Jews and the pitiless annihilation of that community during the period 1939-1945. However, new and powerful tributaries leading into that epoch-making episode are being uncovered each day.
Thanks to the exertions of Wyman and Medoff, the little known story of the ignoble activities of the American government during that period when the swastika was blotting out the sun of European Jewry, is being peeled away, layer by layer, to reveal a besotted record of inertia, deviousness, hypocrisy, and malice.
The indictment found in this book is not restricted, however, to government circles; it includes a sad portrait of internecine fighting in the early 1940s among American Jews relating to issues of turf, …
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Publication information: Article title: Portrait of a Fiery Maverick. Contributors: Ages, Arnold - Author. Magazine title: Midstream. Volume: 50. Issue: 3 Publication date: April 2004. Page number: 45+. © 2009 Theodor Herzl Foundation. COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale Group.
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