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This introductory chapter sets the stage for the story that the author is going to tell in this book. There are multiple actors who speak various languages, come from diverse contexts, originally had nothing to do with one another, and belong to different cultures. On the one hand there are the Jews who sought countries that would grant them refuge from European Nazism, and on the other hand the Mexican authorities in charge of answering their pleas for asylum. In between are consulates, legations, emigration organizations, shipping companies, bureaucratic processes, visas, government authorities, diplomatic relations, immigration policies, ideological considerations, corruption, economic calculations, and group interests that exerted pressure to support or oppose opening Mexico's doors. The chapter considers that it was during the Maximato that a relationship between the Jewish group and the government began, at the same time that Jewish immigration to Mexico peaked.

Keywords: Jewish refugees; Maximato; Mexico; Nazism



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