The Story of Varian Fry and the Emergency Rescue Committee
France, 1940: Fry is sent by the newly formed Emergency Rescue Committee to evacuate refugees detained in Marseilles by the Vichy government. Among those blacklisted by the Nazis are Franz Werfel, Marc Chagall, and Andre Breton. USA, 1940s: Anti-immigration—and anti-Semitic—sentiment is strong. The State Department opposes Fry’s mission. Combining solid historical background with a true story as dramatic as any spy thriller, this book profiles an American hero whose persistence and courage saved the lives of more than 2000 refugees.
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