Holocaust Refugees and the British White Papers: Background information when reading The Light of Days

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The Light of Days

The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos

by Judy Batalion

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Holocaust Refugees and the British White Papers

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A group of Polish Jewish refugee children standing on a ship's gangway in London"To fight or flee?" This is a question the Polish resistance fighters must ask themselves in Judy Batalion's The Light of Days. As the German army advanced across Europe and persecution of the Jews intensified, those who chose to flee had to decide where to go. As their own countries were invaded, some European Jews emigrated to neighboring countries only to find themselves in the clutches of the Nazis yet again. Individuals, families and entire communities were buffeted between towns and cities all over Europe. Others attempted to emigrate to the U.S. only to be turned away on the suspicion that they were actually Nazi spies. Some Jews dreamt of making "Aliyah" and escaping to Palestine. The journey was difficult, however, not only because of German restrictions on Jewish travel but also because of policies known as the British White Papers.

After World War I, the League of Nations (LON) was established to foster and maintain global peace. One of its initiatives was the Mandate ...

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