New Petition to Yad Vashem on Bergson Group

    The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies

    August 21, 2008

    Mr. Avner Shalev, Chairman, Yad Vashem Directorate
    Yad Vashem - The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority
    Jerusalem, Israel

    Dear Mr. Shalev:

    As scholars who have researched and written about the Holocaust, we support the recent appeal, by a wide cross-section of Israeli scholars and political and cultural figures, urging Yad Vashem to add to its exhibit materials about the Bergson Group's role in promoting rescue from the Holocaust.

    Yad Vashem's exhibit already includes material about the failure of the United States to admit significant numbers of refugees or to bomb Auschwitz. But this chapter of Holocaust history is incomplete without reference to those in America who did act to bring about the rescue of Jews from the Nazis. The Bergson Group mobilized the Congressional and public pressure that was crucial to bringing about the creation of the War Refugee Board, which in turn played a central role in the rescue of over 200,000 Jewish refugees.

    We are pleased that the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum recently added to its Permanent Exhibit materials acknowledging the efforts by the Bergson Group, and we urge Yad Vashem to do likewise.


    Dr. Gregory H. Stanton
    President, Genocide Watch
    President, International Association of Genocide Scholars

    Rabbi Dr. Irving Greenberg
    Former Chairman, United States Holocaust Memorial Council

    Prof. Israel W. Charny
    Editor, Encyclopedia of Genocide
    Executive Director, Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide
    Past President, International Association of Genocide Scholars

    Prof. Henry R. Huttenbach
    City Colllege of New York
    Director, Center for the Study of Ethnopolitics and Ethnonationalism
    Editor, Journal of Genocide Research

    Prof. Richard L. Rubenstein
    President (Emer.) & Distinguished Professor of Religion
    University of Bridgeport
    Author, After Auschwitz

    Irving Abella
    Shiff Professor of Canadian Jewish History
    York University, Toronto
    Author, None Is Too Many: Canada and the Jews of Europe, 1933-1948.

    Prof. Marcia Sachs Littell
    Founding Director, Master of Arts Program in Holocaust & Genocide Studies
    Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

    Dr. Racelle R. Weiman
    Executive Director, Global Dialogue Institute, Temple University
    Founding Director, Center for Holocaust and Humanities Education,
    Hebrew Union College

    Prof. Aaron Berman
    Dean, Hampshire College
    Author, Nazism, the Jews, and American Zionism 1933-1948

    Prof. Elihu Richter
    Associate Director
    Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide

    Prof. Susannah Heschel
    Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College
    Author, The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany (2008)
    Recipient of the National Jewish Book Award (1999)

    Prof. Fred A. Lazin
    Lynn and Lloyd Hurst Family Professor of Local Government
    Chair, Department of Politics & Government
    Ben Gurion University

    Prof. Samuel Totten
    University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
    Author, Dictionary of Genocide

    Prof. Paul Oppenheimer
    City College and Graduate Center, The City U. of New York
    Author, Evil and the Demonic: A New Theory of Monstrous Behavior

    Prof. Laurel Leff
    Northeastern University
    Author, Buried by 'The Times': The Holocaust and America's Most Important Newspaper

    Prof. Rochelle L. Millen
    Wittenberg University
    Editor, New Perspectives on the Holocaust

    Prof. John C. Zimmerman
    University of Nevada Las Vegas
    Author, Holocaust Denial: Demographics, Testimonies & Ideologies

    Prof. Wendy C. Hamblet
    North Carolina A&T State University
    Author, The Sacred Monstrous: Reflections on Violence in Human Communities

    Prof. Gerald Sorin
    American and Jewish Studies
    State University of New York, New Paltz

    Prof. Allon Gal
    Department of Jewish History (emer.)
    Ben-Gurion Institute for the Study of Israel & Zionism
    Ben-Gurion University

    Prof. Michael J. Cohen
    Lazarus Philips Chair of History, Bar-Ilan Un iversity
    Author, Churchill and the Jews

    Dr. Sharon Lowenstein
    Author, Token Refuge

    Prof. Ron Hollander
    Montclair State University
    Contributor, Why Didn't the Press Shout?

    Dr. Harold Brackman
    Simon Wiesenthal Center
    Author, "The Holocaust in the Thought of W.E.B. DuBois"

    Prof. Paul Lawrence Rose
    Mitrani Professor of European History, The Penn. State U.
    Author, Archives of the Holocaust, vol. XIV: The Hecht Archive. University of Haifa

    Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
    President, Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem
    Editor, Megillat HaShoah

    Prof. Paul Miller
    McDaniel College and the International University of Sarajevo
    Executive Producer, They Looked Away

    Prof. Bat-Ami Zucker
    Bar Ilan University
    Author, In Search of Refuge

    Dr. Peter I. Rose
    Sophia Smith Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Anthropology
    Smith College
    Editor, The Dispossessed: An Anatomy of Exile

    Prof. Haim Genizi
    Bar Ilan University
    Author, American Apathy: Christian Refugees from Nazism

    Prof. Monty N. Penkower
    Professor of Jewish History (emer.)
    Machon Lander Graduate School for Jewish Studies, Jerusalem
    Author, The Jews Were Expendable: Free World Diplomacy and the Holocaust

    Dr. Steven Leonard Jacobs
    Aaron Aronov Endowed Chair of Judaic Studies
    The University of Alabama
    Associate Editor, The Encyclopedia of Genocide (2 vos.)

    Prof. Thane Rosenbaum
    John Whelan Distinguished Lecturer in Law
    Director of the Forum on Law, Culture & Society
    Fordham University School of Law / Author, The Myth of Moral Justice

    Prof. Stephen H. Norwood
    University of Oklahoma
    Coeditor, Encyclopedia of American Jewish History

    Prof. Zev Garber
    Professor Emeritus, Jewish Studies, Los Angeles Valley College
    Author, Shoah: The Paradigmatic Genocide
    Series Editor, Studies in the Shoah

    Prof. Saul S. Friedman
    Youngstown State University
    Author, No Haven for the Oppressed

    Rabbi Dr. Haskel Lookstein
    Kehilath Jeshurun / Ramaz School
    Author, Were We Our Brothers' Keepers?

    Dr. Allen Podet
    Professor, Philosophy and Humanities
    State University College at Buffalo, NY
    Author, Success and Failure of the Anglo-American Committee

    Prof. Harry Reicher
    University of Pennsylvania Law School
    Author, Law and the Holocaust Law

    Prof. Melvin Small
    Distinguished Professor of History, Wayne State University
    Co-editor, Appeasing Fascism

    William Bemister
    Recipient of Emmy and CINE Golden Eagle Awards
    Producer-Correspondent, The Search for Mengele

    Prof. Zsuzsanna Ozsvath
    The Leah and Paul Lewis Chair of Holocaust Studies
    The University of Texas at Dallas
    Author, In the Footsteps of Orpheus

    Stuart G. Erdheim
    Director, They Looked Away
    Author, "Could the Allies Have Bombed Auschwitz-Birkenau?"

    Prof. Eunice G. Pollack
    University of North Texas
    Coeditor, Encyclopedia of American Jewish History

    Dr. Alex Grobman
    Brenn Institute
    Author, Rekindling the Flame

    Sarah E. Peck
    Author, "The Campaign for an American Response to the Nazi Holocaust"

    Prof. Myrna Goldenberg
    Montgomery College (emer.)
    Co-editor, Experience and Expression: Women, the Nazis, and the Holocaust

    Dr. Erich H. Loewy
    Professor of Medicine and Founding Chair of Bioethics (emer.)
    Associate in Philosophy
    University of California, Davis

    Dr. Rafael Medoff
    Director, The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies
    Author, Blowing the Whistle on Genocide

    Prof. David S. Wyman
    Josiah E. DuBois, Jr. Professor of History (emer.)
    University of Massachusetts at Amherst
    Author, The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust 1941-1945

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