The Secret Alliance: The Extraordinary Story of the Rescue of the Jews Since World War II

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The story of the secret intelligence network set up to organize illegal immigration operations, which made possible, argues Szulc, the birth of Israel. Based on previously confidential archives, extensive interviews, and private correspondence, The Secret Alliance uncovers the blood-for-money deals with Eichmann, Ceaucescu and Saddam Hussein; secret arms purchases; and the heroic efforts of heroic underground operatives who rescued more than two million Jews after Worl War II.

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Tad Szulc was a journalist, foreign policy analyst and biographer. The author of more than 25 books, he was the winner of the Overseas Press Club Award and the Maria Moors Cabot Award for coverage of Latin America and was awarded the Legion d'Honneur. Born in Warsaw in 1925, he went to the United States following World War 2 and became a foreign correspondent for the New York Times for 20 years. At the Times, he covered Latin America -- where he broke the story of the impending-but-secret Bay of Pigs invasion -- American foreign and national security policy, and Cold War Europe, where he was present during the Soviet invasion of Czechosolvakia -- and was expelled by the KGB for his reporting. After leaving The Times, he enjoyed a prolific book writing career, which included his highly acclaimed biographies of Fidel Castro, and Pope John Paul II. He died in 2001.

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Szulc tells the engrossing story of the furtive role played by American Jewry in the rescue of two million Jews in Eastern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, and also chronicles the saga of illegal immigration to Palestine from 1943 to the birth of Israel in '48. While the author considers famliar figures--Mossad chief Shaul Avigur and his American counterpart Joseph Schwartz, head of the Joint Distribution Committee--he introduces many other heroes, e.g., New York department store executive Ira A. Hirschman, who carried out a one-man refugee-saving mission in Nazi-occupied Vienna. Szulc ( Fidel ) also details the bizarre relationship between Mossad and Adolf Eichmann, who traded Jewish lives for cash, and a similar arrangement with Romanian despot Nicolae Ceausescu, who in effect paroled 300,000 Romanian Jews to Mossad for an average of $1000 per head. Equally important, Szulc offers new material about the rescue of Jews from Muslim countries and the mass migration of Soviet Jews to Israel. The former New York Times reporter argues that the birth of Israel was made possible by the immense pressure created by migrations that were set in motion by underground Palestinian operatives and their American partners.
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