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Time: October 17, 2019, 6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m. CDT

Ticket: Free, Registration Required

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Location: Harold Washington Library Center
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium
400 S State Street
Chicago, IL 60605
United States

  • Book cover for The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught in Between, written by Michael Dobbs. Knopf
  • Book cover for The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught in Between, written by Michael Dobbs. Knopf

For the Jewish villagers of Kippenheim, no challenge was as urgent or formidable as escaping Nazi Germany, often by acquiring American visas. In his book, The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught in Between, Michael Dobbs painstakingly documents how several members of this small community struggled to find refuge and what obstacles stood in their way.

Deported to unoccupied France in October 1940, the refugees continued their visa quest, even as the Nazis planned further deportations to the East. Interned in grim concentration camps, they became entangled in bureaucratic red tape. Some perished in the camps; others were deported to Auschwitz. Those who survived by reaching the U.S. understood all too well that an American immigration visa often meant the difference between life and death.

Join Dobbs as he describes these individual stories of escape and tragedy and explores the human impact of Americans’ response to the refugee crisis in the 1930s and 1940s.  

Published by Knopf in association with the Museum, The Unwanted is in bookstores now and will be available for purchase during the event. The book is part of a groundbreaking educational initiative at the Museum that includes the new Americans and the Holocaust exhibition.

Speaker
Michael Dobbs, Author and Researcher, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

In conversation with
Kurt Maier, Holocaust survivor from Kippenheim

Event Chairs
Leslie and Rob Bond

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

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