The Other Schindlers: Why Some People Chose to Save Jews in the Holocaust

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The inspiring stories of courageous non-Jews who risked their own lives to save Jews from the Holocaust
 
Thanks to Thomas Keneally’s book Schindler's Ark, and the film based on it, Schindler's List, people have become more aware of the fact that, in the midst of Hitler's extermination of the Jews, courage and humanity could still overcome evil. While six million Jews were murdered by the Nazi regime, some were saved ...

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Overview

The inspiring stories of courageous non-Jews who risked their own lives to save Jews from the Holocaust
 
Thanks to Thomas Keneally’s book Schindler's Ark, and the film based on it, Schindler's List, people have become more aware of the fact that, in the midst of Hitler's extermination of the Jews, courage and humanity could still overcome evil. While six million Jews were murdered by the Nazi regime, some were saved through the actions of non-Jews whose consciences would not allow them to pass by on the other side, and many are honored by Israel's official memorial to Jewish Holocaust victims, Yad Vashem, as "Righteous among the Nations" for their actions. As a baby, Agnes Grunwald-Spier was herself saved from the horrors of Auschwitz by an unknown official, and is now a trustee of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. She has collected the stories of 30 individuals who rescued Jews, providing a new insight into why these people were prepared to risk so much for their fellow men and women. With a foreword by one of the leading experts on the subject, this is an ultimately uplifting account of how some good deeds really do shine in a weary world.

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"Provides new insight into why these people were willing to risk so much to help the most vulnerable. . . . from their heroic actions we can learn the full resonance of the human spirit . . . an inspiring book that helps us piece together a portrait of the examplars of moral courage during the Holocaust and their motivations."  —Jewish Book World

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752459677
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,393,596
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Agnes Grunwald-Spier was born in Budapest in July 1944. She and her mother were sent to the ghetto there in November 1944, and were liberated in January 1945. She is a Justice of the Peace. Sir Martin Gilbert is a historian and the author of more than 80 books, including The Holocaust: A History of the Jews of Europe During the Second World War and The Story of Israel

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Table of Contents

Foreword 7

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 13

1 Rescuers with Religious Motives 21

2 Rescuers with Humanitarian Motives 63

3 Rescuers with Other Motives 101

Conclusions 146

Appendix I Righteous Among the Nations & Yad Vashem 184

Appendix II Tables

Table 1 Details of Rescuers and Informants 186

Table 2 Righteous Among the Nations and National Populations 190

Table 3 Details of Rescuers and Rescued 192

Notes 198

Bibliography 216

Index 219

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  • Posted October 20, 2010

    Would you be a rescuer or a bystander?

    What a great opportunity to use the last line of a book to its best advantage, without giving away anything. The line is: "Would you be a rescuer or a bystander?"

    This is a serious but very readable work by an excellent writer, researcher and lecturer on the Holocaust.

    Agnes Grunwald-Spier, a long time British citizen was an infant born in Budapest in the last and most dangerous year of the war for Hungarians and one of the many anecdotes in the book is how she and her mother were saved by an unknown official. Out of the many stories of rescued and rescuers as well as some bystanders, Mrs. Grunwald-Spier has discovered the main categories of motives of rescuers as well as individual motives which don't fit into any particular pattern. She researched the topic for more than five years having contact with at least sixty-one rescuers and survivors as well as their families and acquaintances who corroborated their stories. The references are footnoted by chapters at the end of the book along with a lengthy bibliography. She also used unpublished memoirs, letters, phone conversations with surviving family members, friends and acquaintances as well as videos and newspaper articles. The question put to them was "why?" Why did some people risk everything to save others who may have been total strangers? And what were the reasons given for making the decision to become a rescuer?

    Most people know the story of Oskar Schindler, even if they have only seen the Hollywood movie by Steven Spielberg. But do they know the names of Varian Fry of the U.S, Feng Shan Ho, of China and Sousa Mendez of Portugal? These heroes and other diplomats, business people and members of the resistance in many countries together saved hundreds of thousands of Jews and other victims from extermination. Countless ordinary people also saved potential victims for various reasons which are explored in this volume. Some survived to tell the story but a huge number lost their own lives in the process.

    One of the most important aspects of this book is relating the experiences learned from the Holocaust to more recent genocides in Rwanda and Darfur as we try to comprehend how we can prevent such events from occurring again.

    Read this book. Pass it to your friends and children. Suggest it to your book clubs. This is a book to be studied by everyone who cares about the future of the world.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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