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The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught in Between

April 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm UTC+0

Free

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 United States 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 Americans’ response to the refugee crisis in the 1930s and 1940s.

Published by Knopf in association with the Museum, The Unwanted 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.

Speakers

Michael Dobbs, Author and Researcher, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Kurt Maier, Holocaust survivor and former resident of Kippenheim

In conversation with Mike Abramowitz, President, Freedom House, and Former Director, Levine Institute for Holocaust Education, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Tune in live at ushmm.org/watch and join the conversation on social media using #TheUnwanted and #USHMM @HolocaustMuseum.

This program is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. For more information, please contact calendar@ushmm.org.

Time: 1:00pm EST

Location:
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024
United States

Price: Free, but reservations are required.
QUESTIONS/CONTACTS
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Registration Assistance
202.488.0460
calendar@ushmm.org

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https://www.ushmm.org/online-calendar/event/MAUNWANTEDPPGDC0419

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Date:
April 8
Time:
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Website:
https://www.ushmm.org/online-calendar/event/MAUNWANTEDPPGDC0419

Venue

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024 United States
Phone:
202-488-0400
Website:
https://www.ushmm.org/

Organizer

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Email:
calendar@ushmm.org
Website:
https://www.ushmm.org/