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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor (January 18, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385420285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385420280
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #835,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Some sheltered one Jew for a night; others hid several Jews for years. Some performed a single spontaneous act of heroism, like the baker who saved the author's father in Poland in 1942; others were part of an anonymous network. These brave people, along with the well-known rescuers Oskar Schindler and Raoul Wallenberg, had this in common: they were gentiles who risked their lives to save Jews from the Nazi regime. In her deeply affecting book, Fogelman recounts the stories of these Europeans --housewives, businessmen, telephone operators, farmers, diplomats, nurses--and tells how the state of Israel has honored them with the title "Righteous Among the Nations." The author, a New York City social psychologist who directs the Jewish Foundation for Christian Rescuers, ponders deep questions: Why did these particular individuals become rescuers? Can moral integrity be taught and then applied? Is there such a thing as altruism? She explains that one of her reasons for writing the book was "to give altruism back its good name." Her study of extraordinary instances of moral courage will appeal to a broad audience. Fogelman wrote and co-produced the PBS series Breaking the Silence: The Generations After the Holocaust.
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From School Library Journal

YA-This is not just another Holocaust book. Instead of presenting a detailed factual account of what happened during the war, Fogelman explores the altruistic personalities of individuals who risked their lives and those of their families to help people considered to be enemies of the State. The stories of Oskar Schindler and Raoul Wallenberg are told along with those of lesser-known individuals such as Alexander Roslan and Louisa Steenstra, who went to extraordinary means to help Jews. The book is divided into three parts-"The Rescuers," "The Motivation," and "Postwar." Each section, complete with personal accounts, forms a mosaic of courage and conviction on the part of both the rescuers and the rescued.
Roberta Lisker, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Well structured book written in an easy to read style.
Mark Wilson
Would I have had the courage to risk everything as those who despite great peril risked everything to aid the innocent?
S.J.Tagliareni
In my opinion this is one of the most important books anyone could ever read, and I recommend it highly.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
A brilliant account of those from the non-Jewish community who risked their lives & the lives of their families to save the Jews during the holocaust. Eva Fogelman has combined individual accounts with scientific research to ascertain why some people chose to help whilst others turned a blind eye. Of those who did not help, some commented (when asked many years later) that they 'didn't know'.
The stories she recounts are both inspiring & disturbing, describing the fears & hardships that the rescuers faced on a daily basis whilst trying to conceal their precious secret. Propelled to help those in need, many did so, not for material gain or praise & recognition, but from their own sense of morality. Hannah Senesh sums this book up extremely well in the passage:
'There are stars whose radiance is visible on Earth though they have long been extinct. There are people whose brilliance continues to light the World though they are no longer among the living. These lights are particularly bright when the night is dark. They light the way for mankind.'
You cannot help but read & wonder whether placed in the same situation, you would have been a light for mankind.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 29, 2000
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The book is at once harrowing and uplifting, recounting stories of decent everyday people who risked their lives to shelter their Jewish neighbors. Eva Fogelman delves into the psychology of rescuers while showing us the human beings, warts and all, who struggled bravely through an inhuman time. This is a memorable book indeed.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 1998
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Eva Fogelman's book of rescuers of Jews during the holocaust is an inspiring and informative look at why people became rescuers, and why others did not. I was moved to tears by the inspirational stories of the moral and spiritual courage it took to become a rescuer. It also forced me to re-evaluate my righteous indignation at others for not helping. Ms. Fogelman gets to the heart of the atrocious nature of the time, and explains in vivid detail why most people were afraid to help. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in having basic questions anwered about why more people did not help. The angels who did were extraordinary spirits who literally risked their lives and the lives of those they loved to do what was right. Highly recommended reading.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Moss on February 1, 2002
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I'm a senior in a subraban high school in Maine. I read this book when I was a freshman, and it turned my knowledge about the Holocaust upside down. Mrs. Fogelman's book showed how the human spirit can rise to the occasion even in the most horrendous and frightening situations. By writing about rescuers and why they chose action instead of passivity Fogelman sheds light on a whole different area of the Holocaust. This books helps illustrate that the Holocaust isn't a lesson about death, its a lesson about life and the goodness of the human spirit.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "veggiewrap001" on February 27, 2004
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This book is both fascinating and inspirational. Fogelman shares the stories of a number of rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust. She also offers her insight regarding the psychological effects of risking ones life for others and why the individuals (and sometimes groups) chose to do good. This novel offers a little known aspect of the Holocaust and presents a shining light from an era of darkness.
- College Student
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By erica2 on February 2, 2009
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I thought this was a good, well-written book based on solid research by an obvious expert in the field. What I couldn't get into so much was the author's psychological jargon and her way of framing things psychologically based on the fact that she is---surprise!--a psychologist. I just don't think it is always helpful to try to analyze things like altruism, at least I'm not so interested in such analysis. I preferred Mark Klempner's book The Heart Has Reasons: Holocaust Rescuers and Their Stories of Courage because he lets the rescuers speak for themselves and when he does analyze, he does so in a more human, less technical way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gary Selikow on October 18, 2006
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Conscience and courage is about the people who at great risk to themselves and their families helped Jews to escape from the Nazis.

It focuses on such courageous individuals as Stefania Podgorska Buzminski , a Polish teenage girl who hid 13 Jews in her home ; Alexander Roslan , a dealer in the black market who kept uprooting his family to shelter three Jewish children in his care , Joop Westerweel who presided over a network in the Netherlands that smuggled Jewish children to safety ; Diplomats such as Sempo Sugihara , Japanese consul based in Kovno , Lithuania , Aristide De Sousa Mendes , the Portuguese Consul General in Bourdieux , France and of course Raoul Wallenberg , whose efforts saved thousands of Jews from extermination.

It also covers the stories of such well known rescuers as Oskar Schindler and Miep Gies.

This book not only focuses on the stories of these brave individuals, but also explores why they acted as they did , and how their efforts and it's results affected them both during and after the war.

Many people chose to help out of moral reasons or out of love for their charges. Others where professionals had the skills and tools to help , and others where children who from an early age where involved in the rescue efforts of their parents.

Some rescuers worked alone and others worked in networks.

These stories are being re-examined at a time when some , like Iranian Presdient Mahmoud Ahmadinejad deny the holocaust happened-while working to carry out a real holocaust against the Jews , while others forget history and aim to dismantle the Jewish State , built to a large extent by holocaust survivors.
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