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This chapter presents an overview of the key concepts diascussed in this book. The book covers the period from 1933 to 1945 and focuses on the position taken by the Mexican government towards the Jewish refugees who sought asylum in the country individually or collectively, directly or through negotiations by national and international organizations. In collective memory as well as in historiography on the subject, there prevails the idea that during the thirties and forties Mexico offered outright mass protection to people persecuted by totalitarian dictatorships around the world, including Jews who were fleeing Nazism. This is most probably one of the chief misperceptions surrounding the history of Jewish refuge during the Second World War, and also the history of exile in Mexico. The book explains the factors that combined and resulted in a closed-door policy toward Jewish refugees during the years of Nazism and the Holocaust.

Keywords: Holocaust; Jewish refugees; Mexican government; Nazism



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