Rescued from the Reich: How One of Hitler's Soldiers Saved the Lubavitcher Rebbe

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Yale University Press, 2006 - 284 pages
The escape of ultra-orthodox Jewish leader Rebbe Schneersohn from Hitler’s Warsaw in 1939 has always been a subject of speculation. This book uncovers the true story of the rescue and the heroic role of the part-Jewish German soldier who led the operation.

"This is great material--the stuff of Hollywood films--and historian Rigg makes the most of it. . . . A well-written and vital addition to the literature of Holocaust survivor studies."--Publishers Weekly

"Rescued from the Reich reads like a spy/suspense novel, but it is actual history, the amazing story of how the Lubavitcher Rebbe and his court were rescued from Nazi Germany."--Micah D. Halpern, Jewish Book World

"Just when you thought the Second World War had no more secrets, along comes a book that blows a crater in the ramparts of received opinion."--Norman Lebrecht, The Evening Standard
 

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This book intrigued me by its name as well as by it s author, since I have read his other book Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers. At first this book fascinated me, the tough research that went in to writing ... Read full review

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Rigg (history, American Military Univ./ Southern Methodist Univ.) examines one of the most bizarre yet fascinating rescue operations during the Holocaust. In 1940, the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe (Joseph ... Read full review

Contents

two The Lubavitchers and Their Rebbe
16
EIGHT
37
three Poland Under the Germans
38
four A Plan Takes Shape
58
NINE
61
six Blochs Secret Mission
76
ELEVEN
95
twelve Waiting in Riga
130
th1rteen Crossing a Perilous Ocean
147
f1fteen The Fates of the Rescuers
188
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Bryan Mark Rigg teaches history at American Military University and Southern Methodist University. His previous book, Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers: The Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military won the prestigious Colby Award from the William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium. His work has been featured on programs including NBC Dateline and Fox News. Rigg served as a volunteer in the Israeli Army and as an officer in the U. S. Marine Corps, and he currently lives in Dallas, Texas.

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