Exhibit on US Jews who helped rescue refugees from Nazis

NEW YORK - An exhibition opens Tuesday at a museum in Lower Manhattan about efforts by American Jews to bring refugees to the U.S. from Europe during the Nazi era.
  
The exhibition is called "Against All Odds: American Jews and the Rescue of Europe's Refugees, 1933-41." It will be on view for a year at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, located on Battery Place.
  
Strict quotas on U.S. visas made it difficult for refugees to get into the U.S. during the Nazi era. A debate has raged for decades about whether the U.S. Jewish community did enough to get Jews out, and whether the U.S. government policies that impeded their immigration were the result of anti-Semitism among U.S. officials or ignorance about the Jews' likely fate if they were not rescued.
  
Stories featured include that of William B. Thalhimer Sr., a Richmond, Va., department store owner who turned an old tobacco plantation into a working farm in Hyde Park, Va., where 36 Jewish immigrants lived and worked.
   
 

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