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The Unwanted

May 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 7 pm


Speaker: Author Michael Dobbs


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Please join us as we welcome to the JMM Michael Dobbs, author of The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught in Between. He will speak on his powerful book which tells the story of a group of German Jews desperately seeking American visas to escape Nazi Germany, and is an illuminating account of America’s response to the refugee crisis of the 1930’s and 40’s. Drawing on previously unpublished letters, diaries, and visa records, Michael Dobbs provides a vivid picture of what it was like to live among increasingly hostile neighbors, waiting for “the piece of paper with a stamp” that meant the difference between life and death. Here is the riveting narrative of a small community struggling to survive amid tumultuous events and reach a safe haven despite the odds stacked against them.


Talk followed by book signing – copies will be available at Esther’s Place, the JMM Shop.


About the author:

Michael Dobbs was born and educated in Britain, but is now a U.S. citizen. He was a long-time reporter for The Washington Post, covering the collapse of communism as a foreign correspondent. He is currently on the staff of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. His previous books include the bestselling One Minute to Midnight on the Cuban missile crisis, which was part of an acclaimed Cold War trilogy. He lives outside Washington, D.C.


Presented in partnership with the Enoch Pratt Free Library. The Shapiro Lecture Series is supported by a bequest from Mrs. Gloria L. Shapiro.


This program is presented in relation to the Stitching History from the Holocaust exhibit, on display April 7 – August 4, 2019. Tickets to public programs include admission to the Museum.


May 15
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm