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The Righteous Among the Nations: Rescuers of…

The Righteous Among the Nations: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust

by Mordecai Paldiel

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150 astonishing tales of incredible courage and humanity during a time of violence, cowardice and hate. The stories, which are a few pages long each, cover countries from all over the world and provide a good representation of what sort of people the Righteous Gentiles were and how they saved Jews. The author was himself rescued by a Righteous Gentile with his family when he was a child, and is story is included in this volume. There are pictures too. Although the book is 600 pages long, in my opinion it's well worth the time it takes to read it.

Unfortunately I had to knock off a star because the book seriously needed a good copyeditor. I noticed a lot of errors, mainly with punctuation and syntax. ( )
  meggyweg | Apr 3, 2011 |
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In the darkest days of World War II, the Nazi German regime reigned supreme over virtually all of Europe. Within these occupied lands, Jews were being rounded up and sent off to extermination camps for execution. Helping them escape was punishable by death.

In this dark and seemingly hopeless situation, hundreds of ordinary people risked all to shelter and smuggle Jews to safety. These were generally not organized efforts, simply moral people who reacted in horror to the fate of innocent neighbors and took action. Thousands of Jews were rescued in this way.

In 1953, the state of Israel established Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem to commemorate and perpetuate the memory of the heroes and martyrs of the Holocaust. An independent committee reviews and awards the honor of The Righteous Among the Nations to those documented cases of rescue. Over 20,000 people, from all nationalities and religious groups, have received this prestigious awards.

This work selects approximately 200 biographies from among the Righteous, and describes the circumstances of the rescue. Each entry includes description of the contact; the aid extended; dangers and risk faced by the rescuer; motivation (eg, friendship, altruism, religious belief); and evidence from the rescued. These little–known stories offer a picture of the best of humanity in the worst of times.

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In alphabetical order, presents brief biographies or personal accounts of one hundred and fifty non-Jews who helped to rescue Jews during the Holocaust, all of whom were awarded the title of "Righteous Among the Nations."

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