The Alaska Plan

Yad Vashem Studies, Volume 39:1

Hava Eshkoli Wagman

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The Alaska Plan: Jewish Initiatives to Rescue Refugees from Nazi Germany

The article examines the prevalent notion that blames the Jewish American leadership and in particular the Zionist leadership for the failure of the American plan to resettle Jewish refugees in Alaska at the beginning of World War II. New documents that have now come to light reveal that Jewish initiatives played a far greater part in the emergence of the Alaska plan than was henceforth known and that its failure was mainly due to internal American and Alaskan considerations. Finally, even had the project been realized, it could have had no more than a token effect on rescue efforts due to governmental restrictions. Moreover, any settlement project in undeveloped territory would have required years of development before dense population settlement could be attempted.

Products specifications
ISSN 0084-3296
Year 2011
Catalog No. 239107
No. of Pages 43 pp.
Format Electronic article in Yad Vashem Studies, Volume 39:1, pp. 245-287, Edited by David Silberklang
Publisher Yad Vashem