Terry L. Shoptaugh
Terry Shoptaugh is a professor of history and the University Archivist at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He is the author of two previous books on Minnesota and North Dakota history: Roots of Success: History of the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers (NDIRS, 1997) and Moorhead (Arcadia, 2004). His latest book, They Were Ready: The 164th Infantry in the Pacific War, 1942-1945 (164th Infantry, 2010) tells of the role of North Dakota National Guard units in World War II, especially on Guadacanal. It received the Military Writers Society of America Bronze Medal in 2010. You Have Been Kind Enough to Assist Me was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award in 2008.
Shoptaugh has also twice received the Editor's Award for best article published in North Dakota History, the quarterly journal of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
You Have Been Kind Enough to Assist Me: Herman Stern and the Jewish Refugee Crisis
The compelling story of a North Dakota clothier who rescued more than 100 German Jews from the impending Holocaust in Europe, and of how this effort burgeoned into a plan to rescue many more, only to be derailed by the sudden onset of
World War II. Herman Stern, himself a Jewish immigrant to the United States, began by sponsoring the immigration of relatives, and expanded his efforts
during the thirties until he had developed a plan to settle hundreds of Jewish refugees in North Dakota, and had begun raising money for that purpose. While the onset of the war in 1939 stalled the larger effort, Stern continued to sponsor refugees and was ultimately responsible for more than 140 people coming to America and safety.
You Have Been Kind Enough to Assist Me provides a rare glimpse of how some Americans reacted to the Holocaust as it was developing in Europe.