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The last ships from Hamburg : business, rivalry, and the race to save Russia's Jews on the eve of World War I / Steven Ujifusa.

Ujifusa, Steven, (author.).

"The story of the mass exodus of Jews out of Eastern Europe at the turn of the 20th century and the titans of industry who made it possible"-- Provided by publisher.
Over thirty years, from 1890 to 1921, 2.5 million Jews, fleeing discrimination and violence in their homelands of Eastern Europe, arrived in the United States. Many sailed on steamships from Hamburg. This mass exodus was facilitated by three businessmen whose involvement in the Jewish-American narrative has been largely forgotten: Jacob Schiff, the managing partner of the investment bank Kuhn, Loeb & Company, who used his immense wealth to help Jews to leave Europe; Albert Ballin, managing director of the Hamburg-American Line, who created a transportation network of trains and steamships to carry them across continents and an ocean; and J. P. Morgan, mastermind of the International Mercantile Marine (I.M.M.) trust, who tried to monopolize the lucrative steamship business. Though their goals were often contradictory, together they made possible a migration that spared millions from persecution. Descendants of these immigrants included Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Estée Lauder, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Fanny Brice, Lauren Bacall, the Marx Brothers, David Sarnoff, Al Jolson, Sam Goldwyn, Ben Shahn, Hank Greenberg, Moses Annenberg, and many more—including Ujifusa’s great grandparents. That is their legacy.

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  • ISBN: 9780062971876
  • ISBN: 0062971875
  • ISBN: 9780062971883
  • ISBN: 0062971883
  • Physical Description: viii, 365 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2023]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-350) and index.
Subject: Jews, Russian > Migrations.
Jews > Russia > History > 20th century.
Jews > Soviet Union > History > 20th century.
United States > Emigration and immigration > History > 20th century.
Jewish refugees > United States.
Schiff, Jacob H. (Jacob Henry), 1847-1920.
Ballin, Albert, 1857-1918.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913.
Capitalists and financiers > United States > Biography.
Capitalists and financiers > Germany > Biography.
Philanthropists > United States > Biography.
Genre: Biographies.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bethlehem Main Library 305.892 (Text) 33062009827636 New Adult Nonfiction Checked Out 03/23/2024
Easton Main Library 305.892 U33ℓ (Text) 31901004756377 New Adult Nonfiction Available -

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