The Heart Has Reasons: Holocaust Rescuers and Their Stories of Courage

The Heart Has Reasons: Holocaust Rescuers and Their Stories of Courage

by Mark Klempner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0829816992

ISBN-13: 9780829816990

Pub. Date: 03/28/2006

Publisher: Pilgrim Press, The/United Church Press

"You can't let people be treated in an inhuman way around you. . . . Otherwise you start to become inhuman."

So speaks rescuer Hetty Voûte in The Heart Has Reasons, a remarkable book that provides both a fresh look at the "righteous gentiles," and a meditation on what they might have to teach us more than half a century after they

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"You can't let people be treated in an inhuman way around you. . . . Otherwise you start to become inhuman."

So speaks rescuer Hetty Voûte in The Heart Has Reasons, a remarkable book that provides both a fresh look at the "righteous gentiles," and a meditation on what they might have to teach us more than half a century after they defied Hitler.

In 1996, Mark Klempner sought out some of the last surviving Dutch rescuers of Jewish children to better understand how and why they made their courageous choices. Inspired by their willingness to risk everything to help others during the war, the author became deeply interested in what the rescuers have done with their lives since, and where their moral compasses point today.

What emerges is both a window to the past and a vision for the future. If the rescuers could remain committed to making a difference while under the boot of the Nazi regime, we surely have something to learn from them about taking a stand against injustices, about maintaining an open heart, and about not giving in or giving up. Framed by Klempner's quest for meaning, their words resonate across generations, providing insightful guidance as to how people of conscience can navigate ethically in an increasingly complex world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780829816990
Publisher:
Pilgrim Press, The/United Church Press
Publication date:
03/28/2006
Pages:
235
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1Hetty Voute : invincible summer19
2Heiltje Kooistra : faith like a rock45
3Rut Matthijsen : chemistry of compassion63
4Gisela Sohnlein : on wings of song75
5Clara Dijkstra : divine mother85
6Kees Veenstra : just the human thing to do105
7Janet Kalff : a glimpse of grace127
8Pieter Meerburg : mastermind of the heart133
9Mieke Vermeer : staring truth in the face157
10Theo Leenders : laughing it all away169
11The heart has reasons193
12Reflections209

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