Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust

Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust

by Gay Block, Malka Drucker
     
 

Who are the rescuers, the men and women whose gripping personal narratives make up the core of this remarkable book? Why did they risk everything - their livelihoods, their homes, their lives, and even those of their families - to save Jews marked for death during the Holocaust? Are they ordinary people, as they themselves claim, or truly heroic? Malka Drucker and Gay… See more details below

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Who are the rescuers, the men and women whose gripping personal narratives make up the core of this remarkable book? Why did they risk everything - their livelihoods, their homes, their lives, and even those of their families - to save Jews marked for death during the Holocaust? Are they ordinary people, as they themselves claim, or truly heroic? Malka Drucker and Gay Block spent three years visiting 105 rescuers from ten countries. Their psychologically revealing interviews and photographs speak directly to us in powerful words and images. Block's full-page color portraits accompany each narrative, inviting us to look at these men and women as they are today, people whose faces resemble our own. Would we act as they did? In their own words, forty-nine of the rescuers present a vivid picture of their lives before, during, and after the war as they grapple with the question of why they acted with humanity in a time of barbarism - and whether they would do it again. Their stories - infused with the deep memory that engages a terrible past - are unforgettable. Louisa Steenstra relives the Nazis' murder of her husband and of the Jews they were hiding in their attic in the Netherlands; Antonin Kalina of Czechoslovakia relates how he deceived the SS to save 1,300 children in Buchenwald. Others recall how they smuggled Jews out of the ghettos; worked in resistance movements; forged passports and baptismal certificates; hid Jews in cellars, barns, and behind false walls; shared their meager food rations; secretly disposed of waste; and raised Jewish children as their own. A landmark volume that includes maps, historic photographs from family collections, and a comprehensive introduction by Malka Drucker, Rescuers makes a vital contribution to our understanding of the Holocaust, of the complex factors that made some people refuse the role of passive bystander, and of the profound psychological and ethical issues that still perplex us. When asked about the prospects for

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780841913233
Publisher:
Holmes & Meier Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/1992
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,168,057
Product dimensions:
9.06(w) x 11.02(h) x (d)
Age Range:
10 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue
Introduction1
The Netherlands19
Johannes DeVries22
Arie van Mansum27
Marion P. van Binsbergen Pritchard33
Bert Bochove42
Marguerite Mulder48
John Weidner52
Louisa Steenstra58
Arnold Douwes and Seine Otten62
Pieter and Joyce Miedema68
Semmy Riekerk72
Aart and Johtje Vos78
Tina Strobos84
Belgium90
Germaine Belinne and Liliane Gaffney94
Esta Heiber98
Andree Geulen Herscovici102
Marie Taquet106
France110
Marc Donadille114
Emilie Guth and Ermine Orsi118
Ivan Beltrami124
Marie-Rose Gineste128
Germany132
Gitta Bauer136
Fritz Heine142
Gertrud Luckner146
Helene Jacobs149
Maria Countess von Maltzan153
Poland158
Zofia Baniecka163
Gertruda Babilinska166
Jan Karski170
Agnieszka Budna-Widerschal176
Stefania Podgorska Burzminski180
Alex and Mela Roslan186
Irene Gut Opdyke192
Stefan Raczynski197
Czechoslovakia202
Antonin Kalina204
Libuse Fries208
Hungary212
Malka Csizmadia215
Gustav Mikulai220
Yugoslavia224
Ivan Vranetic226
Bulgaria230
Mihael Michaelov232
Soviet Union/Ukraine235
Jean Kowalyk Berger237
Orest Zahajkewycz and Helena Melnyczuk241
Amfian Gerasimov246
Faces: An Afterword251
Appendix: Righteous Among the Nations by Country and Ethnic Origin252
Select Bibliography253
A Note from the Photographer254

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