The Last Million
Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 693
- Oct 9, 2020 7:00 pm
- 52:48 mins
The Last Million Guest: David Nasaw, author of "The Last Million: Europe's Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War," past president of the Society of American Historians, former Professor of History at the City University of New York Graduate Center More than four million people were left displaced and in a foreign country at the end of WWII, but even after extensive repatriation efforts the "last million" remained trapped in Germany for up to five years after the war ended. The fact that world war quickly morphed into the Cold War complicated efforts to return people home. Jewish Emancipation Guest: David Sorkin, Professor of History at Yale University, and author of "Jewish Emancipation: A History Across Five Centuries" If you were asked what the most influential event in modern Jewish history is, you might want to say the Holocaust, or the founding of Israel. But in a new book written by David Sorkin, he argues that over the past five centuries it was Jewish emancipation efforts that were catalysts for those grim and triumphal events of the 20th century.