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The Redeemers: A Saga of the Years 1945-1952, by Leo W. Schwarz

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The “redeemers” in the title of Mr. Schwarz’s book are the liberated Jews in Germany, known to the outside world as “displaced persons,” described by themselves as the Sherit ha-Pleta, an expression derived from Chronicles I meaning “the remnant that escaped.” One might think, at first, that the title is a misnomer; the “redeemers” should perhaps have been the “redeemed.” But in the selection of his title Mr. Schwarz has stated the theme of his book and epitomized the historical role of the 200,000 homeless Jews who escaped the destruction of Hitler’s war against them.

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