To the Gates of Jerusalem

To the Gates of Jerusalem

The Diaries and Papers of James G. McDonald, 1945-1947
McDonald, James G.
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/05/2014
Format: Hardback 11 b&w illus., 2 tables
ISBN: 978-0-253-01509-9
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Author Bio

Norman J. W. Goda is the Norman and Irma Braman Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Florida and author of Tomorrow the World: Hitler, Northwest Africa, and the Path toward America; Tales from Spandau: Nazi Criminals and the Cold War; and The Holocaust: Europe, the World, and the Jews, 1918-1945. He is author (with Richard Breitman) of Hitler's Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, U.S. Intelligence, and the Cold War and (with Richard Breitman, Timothy Naftali, and Robert Wolfe) of U.S. Intelligence and the Nazis.

Barbara McDonald Stewart, daughter of James G. McDonald, has taught at George Mason University and is author of United States Government Policy on Refugees from Nazism, 1933–1940.

Severin Hochberg, a historian formerly at what is now the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, teaches at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Richard Breitman is Distinguished Professor of History at American University and author, most recently, of FDR and the Jews (with Allan J. Lichtman). His other books include The Architect of Genocide: Himmler and the Final Solution and Official Secrets: What the Nazis Planned, What the British and Americans Knew. He is editor of the journal Holocaust and Genocide Studies.


The Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry profoundly shaped the international diplomacy that led to the U.N. resolution to partition Palestine in 1947 and the foundation of Israel in 1948. The American James G. McDonald exercised considerable influence on the committee’s deliberations and recommendations. This volume superbly captures the mind of McDonald as he engaged in such work of profound consequence. Focusing on the 1945-1947 era, this collection of diary entries and other materials from McDonald’s papers is excellently edited, presented, and enhanced with supporting information. Thus, this collection is a must-see for students and scholars researching the origins of Israeli statehood, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the decolonization of the Middle East, and other important topics.For anyone interested in the history of the Middle East and how things came to be as they are, To the Gates of Jerusalem is indispensable reading. But it is also far more than just that. It provides an insight into the rarefied world of the international diplomat as it was in the wake of World War II. One sees how both international considerations and idiosyncratic personalities played a role in the decisions that were made. Thanks to wonderful editing and the interspersing of historical information that provides an important context, this book is not just for the specialist in this field. It makes for fascinating reading.

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Table of Contents

A Note on the Editing
Introduction: Palestine from the Balfour Declaration to the Anglo-American Committee
1. Washington -- December 13, 1945-January 17, 1946
2. London – January 18-February 3, 1946
3. Europe -- February 4-28, 1946
4. Cairo – March 1-5, 1946
5. Jerusalem and the Arab Capitals – March 6-27, 1946
6. Lausanne – March 28-April 22, 1946
7. The Report and Its Reception – April-August 1946
8. Toward Partition – August 1946-November 1947

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