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Saving the Jews : amazing stories of men and women who defied the "final solution"
Paldiel, Mordecai.
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Rockville, Md. : Schreiber, [2000]

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338 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Setting the stage -- Protest and alarm sounding -- Escape and visas -- Sheltering and hiding -- Subterfuge methods -- Rescuers punished for showing compassion -- Sheltering children -- Death marches -- Those who did not qualify -- Appendix A. The Jewish connection -- Appendix B. Andree Geulen -- Appendix C. The unknown righteous -- Appendix D. Righteous among the nations.
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The author has collected the most amazing stories of people who secretly saved Jewish lives from 1933 to 1945 and arranged them chronologically and geographically to show us that there will always be a few righteous souls who have made a greater difference in favour of human goodness.

Author Notes

Mordecai Paldiel holds a doctorate from Temple University and has served for eighteen years as Director of the Department of the Righteous among the Nations at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust martyrs and heroes memorial in Jerusalem. This is his third book on the subject. The author and his family were rescued during the Holocaust by a French Catholic priest, who helped them escape from Southern France into Switzerland.

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Booklist Review

Presented here are 47 accounts of Gentiles who saved Jews during the Holocaust, nonJews who have been honored by Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial as Righteous Gentiles. Paldiel, director of the Righteous Among the Nations program at Yad Vashem, was rescued (along with his family) by a French priest during the Holocaust; the priest helped them escape from France into Switzerland. Of the 70 people Paldiel chronicles (some accounts involve more than one person, and one story concerns 10 British POWs), Varian Fry is the only recognized hero. Fry, an American, saved thousands of Jews in France by providing them with escape routes and visas and passports--some valid, some false. Among the other men and women documented are a Lithuanian carpenter who hid 12 Jews (and was assassinated by a fellow Lithuanian in 1952), and a Turkish consul general in Rhodes who saved 50 Jews by declaring them to be Turks. This is a perceptive and moving account of little-known individuals who risked their lives and the lives of their loved ones. --George Cohen

Choice Review

Based primarily on the files at Yad Vashem, which depict the experiences of righteous gentiles, Saving the Jews is a montage that offers the reader a glimpse of light in an otherwise dark time. Paldiel begins by recounting a few stories dealing with those who protested the antisemitic initiatives of the regime and tried to warn the world of Nazi intentions. Subsequent stories portray how rescuers operated in their daily lives. A special chapter describes the world of hidden children and the posttraumatic effects they suffered. Even though institutional churches did not exhibit heroic moral behavior, individual clergy, as their stories reveal, did. Most intriguing are those stories that recount the cases of those who saved individual Jews, but for various reasons were declined the "righteous" title. The appendixes describe the role played by Jewish rescuers as well as the need to honor them, deal with the unknown righteous, and give a statistical country-by-country breakdown of those honored at Yad Vashem. Even though little analysis is employed, the variety of experiences recounted compels the reader to reflect on the values, attitudes, and patterns of behavior behind moral actions. General and undergraduate collections. D. J. Dietrich; Boston College

Table of Contents

Rabbi Mordecai SchreiberOtto KrayerArmin T. WegnerJan KarskiKurt GersteinFrancis FoleyVarian FryJan ZwartendijkJan Puchalski and Anna PuchalskiJonas PaulaviciusHelena PawlikowskaBoguslaw HowilJoseph JaksyElisabeth WustRefik VeseliMustafa Hardaga and Zejneba HardagaHans-Georg CalmeyerAlfred RossnerKalman HorvathGiorgio PerlascaSelahattin UlkumenHeinrich ListIlse Sonja TotzkeAdelaide HautvalStefan SawaHein R. Korpershoek and Wibo FlorissenPierre-Rene Delvaux and Marie Taquet-MertensFranciscus Snel and Hillegonda SnelHajrija Imeri-MihaljicJoseph Smeesters and Yvonne SmeestersFranciszek Kaczmarek and Stanislawa Kaczmarek and Charlotte RebhunPiotr Waszkinel and Emilia WaszkinelGenia PajakAbbe Simon GallayAnna BorkowskaElizabeth Skobtzova (Mother Maria)Angelo RottaErwin Moldrzyk and Gertruda MoldrzykKonrad Zimon and Regina Zimon and Daughter StefaniaJean-Marie MusyAlfons ZundlerAndrei SheptitzkyWilli FriedrichsMathias NiessenOskar EbersWalter SuskindMoussa Abadi and Odette AbadiDenise Siekierski and Joseph BassAndree Geulen
Prefacep. xi
1 Setting the Stagep. 15
2 Protest and Alarm Soundingp. 33
The German Scientist Who Refused a Vacant Post on Moral Groundsp. 34
The German Activist Who Addressed a Protest to Hitlerp. 36
The Polish Underground Courier Whose Alarm Went Unheededp. 40
The German SS Who Attempted to Expose the Horrorsp. 45
3 Escape and Visasp. 52
The British Official in Berlin Who Issued Visas to Many Places in the British Empirep. 53
The American Who Saved Thousands In Francep. 61
One way Ticket to Curacao Via Japanp. 74
4 Sheltering and Hidingp. 80
Mathematical Schooling in An Underground Shelterp. 81
The Lithuanian Carpenter's Determination to Save Many Livesp. 89
Detective Work to Discover a Rescuerp. 96
A Chance Meeting in Warsaw Reunites Rescuer and Rescuedp. 100
The Slovak Surgeon Who Rescued His Patientsp. 104
The German Woman Who Loved a Jewish Womanp. 108
The Albanian Photo Shop Clerk Who Saved His Jewish Employersp. 111
The Bosnian Angels of Mercyp. 114
5 Subterfuge Methodsp. 118
How a German Official Saved 3000 Dutch Jews under the Noses of the SSp. 119
The German Hemophiliac Who Died Attempting to Save Jewish Laborersp. 126
The Hungarian Officer Who Saved By Conscripting to Forced Laborp. 133
The Italian Who Saved Thousands of Hungarian Jews by Posing as a Spanish Diplomatp. 137
The Turkish Consul in Rhodes Who Saved 50 Jews by Declaring Them Turksp. 143
6 Rescuers Punished for Showing Compassionp. 146
The German Farmer Who Paid with His Life for Sheltering a Jewp. 147
The German Woman Who Openly Defied the Nuremberg lawsp. 150
The French Woman Physician, "One of the Most Remarkable Persons Humanity Has Ever Known"p. 155
Killed by His Own People for Sheltering Jewsp. 161
7 Sheltering Childrenp. 164
Two Dutch Boys Who Saved a Jewish Girl by "Kidnapping" Herp. 166
The Belgian Headmistress Who Was Mother and Rescuer of 80 Jewish Childrenp. 170
The Son of a Fallen Soldier Repays a Debt to Dutch Rescuersp. 176
Honoring a Gypsy Rescuerp. 178
The Belgian Rescuer's Attempt to Keep a Hidden Boyp. 181
Who Am I?p. 185
The Double Life of a Rescued Childp. 188
A Coming to Terms with One's Traumatic Childhood before Life's Endp. 195
8 Clergy in Various Robesp. 201
A Personal Search Leads to Discovery of Many Clergy Rescuersp. 202
A Nun with a Broken Heartp. 208
The Martyrdom of a Russian Nun in Parisp. 211
A Prince of the Church and of Humanityp. 215
9 Death Marchesp. 221
Rescue of Two Sisters on the Verge of Collapsep. 222
Escape and Shelter during the Auschwitz Death Marchp. 226
Saving One Jewish Girlp. 229
10 Those Who Did Not Qualifyp. 233
Rescuing Jews to Benefit Himmler!p. 234
Saving at a Price while Causing Harmp. 240
Collaboration with the Enemy?p. 245
Killed Innocent Person after the Warp. 257
Others Saved, Not Him; Title Annulledp. 262
I Am a Jew--The Righteous Honor is Reserved for Non-Jewsp. 265
Concluding Thoughtsp. 267
Appendix A The Jewish Connectionp. 272
Saved Children inside the Lion's Denp. 275
Saved over 500 Childrenp. 281
The Vast Network of Mr. Andrep. 286
Appendix B Godmother to 300 Childrenp. 298
Appendix C The Unknown Righteousp. 304
Appendix D Righteous Among the Nations--Per Country and Ethnic Originp. 307
Notesp. 309
Suggested Short Bibliographyp. 329
Indexp. 331