More about The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught in Between
In 1938, on the eve of World War II, the American journalist Dorothy Thompson wrote that "a piece of paper with a stamp on it" was "the difference between life and death." The Unwanted tells the story of several Jewish families desperately seeking American visas to escape Nazi Germany. Some make it to the United States; others end up in Auschwitz. Michael Dobbs links their fates to the heated debates taking place on the other side of the ocean over U.S. immigration policy under FDR. The result is a riveting narrative of a persecuted community struggling to reach a safe haven amid tumultuous events that will certainly resonate with readers today.