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A Small Diaspora's Human Rights Defenders Find Their Limits

A Small Diaspora's Human Rights Defenders Find Their Limits BOOK FORUM A Small Diaspora’s Human Rights Defenders Find Their Limits Michael Galchinsky James Loefe fl r’s Rooted Cosmopolitans: Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century tells the riveting, intertwined sagas of five Jewish activists: Hersch Lauterpacht, drafter of the original international bill of rights; Jacob Robinson, expert on the Minorities Treaties, founding member of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), and advocate for the rights of ref- ugees; Maurice Perlzweig, the rabbi-diplomat who worked using “quiet diplomacy” for Jews’ interests through the WJC; Jacob Blaustein, oil baron and president of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), who rep- resented American Jews’ “foreign policy” to successive presidents; and Peter Benenson, founding leader of Amnesty International, who turned human rights into a global movement. Together, these Jews made out- standing contributions to Jewish and human rights. Some of the ground in Loefe fl r’s book has been covered before, in studies by Carole Fink, William Korey, Irwin Cotler, Felice Gaer, and myself. Yet even when Loefe fl r is retelling familiar stories, he often adds newly discovered archival information, and his individual focus enables him to provide a depth of analysis of the actors’ motivations, personal stories, communications, and complex interactions http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies Purdue University Press

A Small Diaspora's Human Rights Defenders Find Their Limits

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Abstract

BOOK FORUM A Small Diaspora’s Human Rights Defenders Find Their Limits Michael Galchinsky James Loefe fl r’s Rooted Cosmopolitans: Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century tells the riveting, intertwined sagas of five Jewish activists: Hersch Lauterpacht, drafter of the original international bill of rights; Jacob Robinson, expert on the Minorities Treaties, founding member of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), and advocate for the rights of ref- ugees; Maurice Perlzweig, the rabbi-diplomat who worked using “quiet diplomacy” for Jews’ interests through the WJC; Jacob Blaustein, oil baron and president of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), who rep- resented American Jews’ “foreign policy” to successive presidents; and Peter Benenson, founding leader of Amnesty International, who turned human rights into a global movement. Together, these Jews made out- standing contributions to Jewish and human rights. Some of the ground in Loefe fl r’s book has been covered before, in studies by Carole Fink, William Korey, Irwin Cotler, Felice Gaer, and myself. Yet even when Loefe fl r is retelling familiar stories, he often adds newly discovered archival information, and his individual focus enables him to provide a depth of analysis of the actors’ motivations, personal stories, communications, and complex interactions

Journal

Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish StudiesPurdue University Press

Published: Mar 15, 2019

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