Well Worth Saving by Laurel Leff audiobook

Well Worth Saving: American Universities’ Life-and-Death Decisions on Refugees from Nazi Europe

By Laurel Leff
Read by Suzanne Toren

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10.76 Hours Unabridged
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A harrowing account of the profoundly consequential decisions American universities made about refugee scholars from Nazi-dominated Europe The United States' role in saving Europe's intellectual elite from the Nazis is often told as a tale of triumph, which in many ways it was. America welcomed Albert Einstein and Enrico Fermi, Hannah Arendt and Herbert Marcuse, Rudolf Carnap and Richard Courant, among hundreds of other physicists, philosophers, mathematicians, historians, chemists, and linguists who transformed the American academy. Yet for every scholar who survived and thrived, many, many more did not. To be hired by an American university, a refugee scholar had to be world-class and well connected, not too old and not too young, not too right and not too left and, most important, not too Jewish. Those who were unable to flee were left to face the horrors of the Holocaust. In this rigorously researched book, Laurel Leff rescues from obscurity scholars who were deemed "not worth saving" and tells the riveting, full story of the hiring decisions universities made during the Nazi era.

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A harrowing account of the profoundly consequential decisions American universities made about refugee scholars from Nazi-dominated Europe

The United States' role in saving Europe's intellectual elite from the Nazis is often told as a tale of triumph, which in many ways it was. America welcomed Albert Einstein and Enrico Fermi, Hannah Arendt and Herbert Marcuse, Rudolf Carnap and Richard Courant, among hundreds of other physicists, philosophers, mathematicians, historians, chemists, and linguists who transformed the American academy. Yet for every scholar who survived and thrived, many, many more did not.

To be hired by an American university, a refugee scholar had to be world-class and well connected, not too old and not too young, not too right and not too left and, most important, not too Jewish. Those who were unable to flee were left to face the horrors of the Holocaust. In this rigorously researched book, Laurel Leff rescues from obscurity scholars who were deemed "not worth saving" and tells the riveting, full story of the hiring decisions universities made during the Nazi era.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A sober and fair—but devastating—volume.” Wall Street Journal
“Leff’s book is an act of troubling remembrance.” Washington Post
“Particularly timely when immigration, refugees and anti-Semitism are much in the headlines.” Jewish Week/Times of Israel
“In a steady and engaged tone, narrator Suzanne Toren conveys these often grievous accounts…Toren employs a subtle emphasis to effectively distinguish the occasional direct quote. Her even pacing is admirable, as is her ease with French and German words.” AudioFile
“The stories she tells of refugee scholars, their allies, and the obstacles they faced within American colleges and universities are important for us to understand.” Peter Salovey, president of Yale University

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Author Bio: Laurel Leff

Author Bio: Laurel Leff

Laurel Leff is associate director of the Jewish studies program and associate professor of journalism at Northeastern University. She is the author of Well Worth Saving: American Universities’ Life-and-Death Decisions on Refugees from Nazi Europe and Buried by the Times: The Holocaust and America’s Most Important Newspaper.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 10.76
Audience: Adult
Language: English