In the first chapter, Rubinstein surveyed the phenomenon of recent scholarship on the issue of "rescue." He surveyed the vast literature on the subject that has been produced and told the reader he will demonstrate that all the scholarship that makes the case that the Western world could have done to minimize the Holocaust is wrong. Rubinstein began his assault on the myths by attacking the first one, the "Myth of Closed Doors, 1933-9." In that chapter, Rubinstein made the case that anti-Semitism was not nearly as pronounced in American society, and European society in general, as Wyman and others would have us believe. Rubinstein devoted great attention to the notion. He presented tables to show that contrary to the assertion of Wyman and friends, that most of Germany’s Jews escaped to Western nations before the war broke out, so the closed-door idea was a myth. He presented several tables of numbers to make his case. He presented tables on how many Jews fled Germany, when and where they went, and presented results of public opinion polls on the issue of Jewish immigration and their attitude toward the Nazi regime. With Rubinstein's book as the sole source of information, his thesis might have been convincing. As with , reading statistical data needs to be performed carefully, because creative ability can make numbers say almost whatever people want them to, and there are . What numbers an author presents and omits can disclose a great deal regarding his/her motivation.


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