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From Zbaszyn to Manila: The Holocaust odyssey of Joseph Cysner and the Philippine rescue of refugee Jews


2009 2009

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Of the many refugee trails filled with stateless Jews fleeing Europe during the decades of the Nazi crisis, the odyssey of one man’s escape from Poland to the Philippines stands unique. Cantor Joseph Cysner’s recently discovered memoir recorded the expulsion of Polish Jews from Germany in the Polenaktion of October 28, 1938 and recounted the destitution of the expelled Jews in the refugee border camp of Zbaszyn, one of many throughout the no-man’s-lands of eastern Europe. Rescued by a telegram from the Jewish Refugee Committee (JRC) of Manila offering him employment, Joseph left Zbaszyn and joined 1300 other European refugee Jews ultimately saved from destruction by little known rescue plans in the Far Eastern nation of the Philippines.

My research resurrects these important events from historical oblivion, while showing how they incredibly link to each other, not only through global diplomacy, but in the life experiences of a little-known Jewish cantor.

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Subject
Biographies;
American studies;
European history;
Judaic studies
Classification
0304: Biographies
0323: American studies
0335: European history
0751: Judaic studies
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Cysner, Joseph; Diaspora; Jews; Mindanao; Philippines; Poland; Refugees; Zbaszyn
Title
From Zbaszyn to Manila: The Holocaust odyssey of Joseph Cysner and the Philippine rescue of refugee Jews
Author
Harris, Bonnie Mae
Number of pages
438
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
0035
Source
DAI-A 70/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109483109
Advisor
Marcuse, Harold
Committee member
Baron, Lawrence; Bergstrom, Randall
University/institution
University of California, Santa Barbara
Department
History
University location
United States -- California
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3379472
ProQuest document ID
304859646
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304859646
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