Michael Dobbs - The Unwanted (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Monday, May 6, 2019 - 6:00pm

This event will also include a power point presentation featuring recently-uncovered photos, diary entries and previously unpublished letters

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 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, The Unwanted is part of a groundbreaking educational initiative at the Museum that includes a new exhibition, Americans and the Holocaust, on display in Washington, DC.

Location: 
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111
The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught In Between Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781524733193
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf - April 2nd, 2019

Published in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, a riveting story of Jewish families seeking to escape Nazi Germany