Books: Historical Footnote

THE MISSION by Hans Habe. 319 pages. Coward-McCann. $6.

In 1938, Adolf Hitler rejected an invitation to attend a meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for Refugees, formed by Franklin D. Roosevelt to consider the problem of Nazi Germany's persecuted Jews. Nevertheless, Hitler was represented, if unofficially, at the conference in Evian-les-Bains, a French spa near the Swiss border. His emissary was Dr. Heinrich von Neumann, a Viennese Jew, who arrived on a strange and cold-blooded mission: to offer for sale, at $250 a head, 40,000 Austrian Jews.

So much is fact. Author Habe was in Evian-les-Bains that July covering the conference for Prager...

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