My Brother's Keeper: Christians Who Risked All to Protect Jewish Targets of the Nazi Holocaust

My Brother's Keeper: Christians Who Risked All to Protect Jewish Targets of the Nazi Holocaust

by Rod Gragg


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2017 Christian Book Award Finalist

Thirty captivating profiles of Christians who risked everything to rescue their Jewish neighbors from Nazi terror during the Holocaust.

MY BROTHER'S KEEPER unfolds powerful stories of Christians from across denominations who gave everything they had to save the Jewish people from the evils of the Holocaust. This unlikely group of believers, later honored by the nation of Israel as "The Righteous Among the Nations," includes ordinary teenage girls, pastors, priests, a German army officer, a former Italian fascist, an international spy, and even a princess.

In one gripping profile after another, these extraordinary historical accounts offer stories of steadfast believers who together helped thousands of Jewish individuals and families to safety. Many of these everyday heroes perished alongside the very people they were trying to protect. There is no doubt that all of their stories showcase the best of humanity—even in the face of unthinkable evil.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455566297
Publisher: Center Street
Publication date: 10/11/2016
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 198,932
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

ROD GRAGG is a historian and the author of more than twenty books on topics in American history. His works have been selections of the Book-of-the-Month Club, the History Book Club, and the Military History Book Club. His literary awards include the Douglas Southall Freeman History Prize, the Fletcher Pratt Award, and the James I. Robertson Award. One of his books, Confederate Goliath, was the basis of a PBS film of the same name, and another, Forged in Faith, was nominated for the George Washington Book Prize. He and his family live in South Carolina, where he serves as director of the CresCom Bank Center for Military & Veterans Studies at Coastal Carolina University.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 Feng Shan Ho 1

Chapter 2 Otto and Gertrud Mörike 11

Chapter 3 Francis Foley 23

Chapter 4 Geertruida Wijsmuller 29

Chapter 5 Heinrich Grüber 37

Chapter 6 Nicholas Winton 47

Chapter 7 Jan Karski 57

Chapter 8 Józef and Wiktoria Ulma 69

Chapter 9 Max Liedtke 73

Chapter 10 Julius Madritsch 81

Chapter 11 Hans Christen Mamen 91

Chapter 12 Gilleleje Lutheran Church 101

Chapter 13 Joseph Peeters 111

Chapter 14 Madeleine Rouffart 119

Chapter 15 Bastiaan Jan Ader 129

Chapter 16 The Ten Boom Family 139

Chapter 17 Jean Henri Weidner 147

Chapter 18 André Trocmé 155

Chapter 19 Lois Gunden 163

Chapter 20 Princess Alice of Battenberg 171

Chapter 21 Daniil Tymchyna 177

Chapter 22 Iosif and Anna Nazaruk 189

Chapter 23 Anton Schmid 199

Chapter 24 Aldo Brunacci 205

Chapter 25 Jane Haining 213

Chapter 26 Imre Báthory 223

Chapter 27 Anna Ehn 229

Chapter 28 Ernest and Renée Lepileur 235

Chapter 29 Rodrick Edmonds 241

Chapter 30 Premysl Pitter 247

Acknowledgments 257

Notes 261

Bibliography 303

Index 317

About the Author 333

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My Brother's Keeper: Christians Who Risked All to Protect Jewish Targets of the Nazi Holocaust 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a sophomore and read this book for my research project. The Holocaust is a particular topic that I find very intriguing, because of its historical background and all of the lives that was associated with such a memorable event in history is crazy to think that it’s still talked about to this day. With a topic, such as the Holocaust I find it very easy to understand and comprehend. As I was reading My Brother’s Keeper by Rod Gragg, I found that it was really easy to grasp the major plots on what I was reading. My Brother’s Keeper was defiantly an enjoyable book to read from the beginning till the end. An I was reading I soon started to realize that all of the knowledge and such significant facts that will later on in my life be one of the many principles to help get through some of the challenges that Rod Gragg mentions in his book. I also found it very effortless to read because of the format of the way the book was published. Each chapter was had its own story, whether it was on a person or family that experience the Holocaust. Some more examples of the different perspectives portrayed in the book is the point of view from some of the doctors that were placed in the concentration camps. Also one of my favorite chapters was based on Adolf Hitler.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
This book is impassioned, sorrowfully soulful book of stories. This is a heartwrenching and heartwarming book of stories. I found myself angry, brokenhearted, in unbelief and I learned things that disgusted me about America I could not believe the things that I learned - for example - just in the first chapter - did you know - that Hitler let the Jews leave alive if they gave all their finances etc and go to another country if they would take them , but America would only take a small amount of people - same with the UK - but knowing that - America turned away millions and in doing that condemned those millions to death in the death camps - still proud of America? Oh also in Chapter one - The Pope sold their soul of the Church with a deal with Hitler - can you believe that - the Catholic Church was in cahoots with the Nazi's - all in Chapter one - wait til you learn even more the further you go on - The Christians in this book saved so many lives - it is amazing - and GOD closed eyes when needed to save lives and opened them to do the same. Praise GOD. I felt sick in other places at just the thought of those death camps and the thought that America could have saved those lives. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
"They are perhaps the sole rays of light in this dark era, the few whose consciences prevented them from being indifferent." ~ Yad Vashem "Many did nothing - even though they called themselves Christians. Others joined the Nazis and supported Shoah, or Holocaust - the dark deadly storm that swept over Europe with the rise of Nazi Germany. In it more than six million Jewish men, women and children perished, killed by starvation or illness, fatally tortured or beaten, shot by Nazi death squads, or executed in concentration camp gas chambers. Contrary to popular misconception, in may ways the Jews of Europe resisted the evil that befell them. And as the unimaginable horror of the Holocaust descended upon Europe, countless people who professed the name of Christ also refused to remain silent or inactive. Many risked everything to help rescue Jewish targets of Nazi tyranny. Some even made the ultimate sacrifice, faithfully fulling the words of Jesus: "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." My Brother's Keeper by Rod Gragg records the stories of thirty of them, all of whom have been honored by the State of Israel as "the Righteous Among the Nations." One of the Christians whose story is recounted in this work likely spoke for all herein when he explained why he chose to risk everything to save a single Jewish life. "I know that when I stand before God on Judgment Day," he said, "I shall not be asked the question posed to Cain - where were you when your brother's blood was crying out to God? " (pg 10). My Brother's Keeper shares both the stories of these men and women who rose up in the face of perhaps the greatest evil atrocities of human kind and vowed not to stand by and do nothing when Hitler and his men tried in vain to rid the world of the Jewish race. Notables like Corrie Ten Bloom are captured as well as those whose names people might not recognize but save thousands of lives through their heroic efforts, some even paying with their own lives instead of standing idly by. This book also shares the history of such people like Hitler, Oskar Shindler and others so you get a full sense of what happened from the beginning until the brutal end. Why did the US and other nations not get involved when they knew what was happening in Germany and in other countries that Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini were controlling piece by piece. This is a part of world history we cannot forget and it shows that good can still overcome evil if people are willing to step up and challenge them. I received My Brother's Keeper by Rod Gragg compliments of Center Street Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Groups. It is hard to read these accounts and in the process you, the reader, are transported back to this time in history where people were stripped of their world possessions, wealth, and humanity for the sole reason of their birthright. The book shares these 30 accounts along with some historical pictures and is one I will not part with, and thus has become a part of my library sharing the history of the Jewish Holocaust as well as those that died trying to risk all to protect them. For me, this is a true 5 out of 5 stars.