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Rescued from the Reich : how one of Hitler's soldiers saved the Lubavitcher Rebbe

Author: Bryan Mark Rigg
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2004.
Dissertation: Revision of the author's thesis (M.A.)--Cambridge University, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In September 1939 the head of the Lubavitch hasidic community (also called Habad), Rabbi Yosef Yitzhak Schneersohn, was caught in the German occupation of Warsaw. His hasidim in the USA pressed the government to save the Rebbe. At the same time, some Nazi officials, like Canaris and Wohltat, decided that it would serve German interests to allow the Rebbe to leave for America. The Wehrmacht officer Ernst Bloch, a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Academic theses
Biographies
History
Biography
Named Person: Joseph Isaac Schneersohn; Joseph Isaac Schneersohn
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bryan Mark Rigg
ISBN: 0300115318 9780300115314
OCLC Number: 1051016064
Description: xvii, 284 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, portraits ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Bryan Mark Rigg ; foreword by Paula E. Hyman.
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In September 1939 the head of the Lubavitch hasidic community (also called Habad), Rabbi Yosef Yitzhak Schneersohn, was caught in the German occupation of Warsaw. His hasidim in the USA pressed the government to save the Rebbe. At the same time, some Nazi officials, like Canaris and Wohltat, decided that it would serve German interests to allow the Rebbe to leave for America. The Wehrmacht officer Ernst Bloch, a half-Jew, was instrumental in the Rebbe's release. Notes that many high-ranking Nazi officials protected officers who were half-Jews. Bloch was dismissed from his Army post after 20 July 1944, when repression of "Mischlinge" in the military resumed; he was killed in April 1945. Contends that Schneersohn, as well as all of the Habad leadership, failed to understand the urgency of helping the Jews stranded in Europe; he never deplored the lack of U.S. actions in this regard and he shunned any protest actions. Compares his attitude to that of Rabbi Aharon Kotler, who was ready to cooperate even with the Pope if it were possible to save a single Jewish child.

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