A Race against Death: Peter Bergson, America, and the Holocaust
by David S. Wyman and Rafael Medoff.
The unknown story of the man who led America's most effective campaign to rescue victims of the Holocaust.A Race Against Death tells the story of Peter Bergson, the man who made it impossible for American leaders to plead ignorance of German atrocities and organized America's most effective campaign to rescue victims of the Holocaust. A Race Against Death utilizes extensive firsthand interviews to present Peter Bergson's own account of his remarkable life. Facing the threat of deportation and persistent opposition to his activities, Bergson employed every conceivable method to influence policy and public opinion: he personally hounded Congressmen to support rescue; placed controversial full-page ads in major newspapers demanding action; organized a march on Washington by 400 rabbis; and drew a record-setting crowd of 40,000 to a rally and memorial pageant at Madison Square Garden. David Wyman is the definitive authority on America's action during the Holocaust. In A Race Against Death, he and Rafael Medoff return to that tragic era in American history to chronicle one of its few heroes.
David S. Wyman is the author of The Abandonment of the Jews and Paper Walls. Rafael Medoff is Visiting Scholar in Jewish Studies at Purchase College, the State University of New York.