Wednesday 4 March
In the late 1930s, few countries or individuals were willing to rescue Jews from Nazi Germany. In this Lunchtime Lecture, Professor Dean Kotlowski will discuss the issues surrounding the state of Jewish refugees during this decade.
Of note, United States Commissioner to the Philippines Paul V. McNutt, in tandem with Philippine President Manuel L. Quezon, helped 1,200 Jews come to Manila. President Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republic also accepted about 800 Jews, and Premier Albert George Ogilvie of Tasmania intervened to bring a small number of Jews to Australia.
These leaders—all wielding varying degrees of power—acted for different reasons but all shared a common outlook, that immigrants in general and refugees in particular added to their countries strength and wherewithal.
Dean J. Kotlowski is Professor of History at Salisbury University in Maryland. A specialist in twentieth-century US political and policy history, he received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Indiana University. He is the author of Nixon’s Civil Rights: Politics, Principle, and Policy (Harvard University Press, 2001) and Paul V. McNutt and the Age of FDR (Indiana University Press, 2015), and the editor of The European Union: From Jean Monnet to the Euro (Ohio University Press). Professor Kotlowski has published forty articles and book chapters in the US, UK, Australia, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Finland, and Russia. He has three times been a Fulbright Scholar, in the Philippines (2008), Austria (2016), and Australia (2020).