Cover image for Rescue : the story of how gentiles saved Jews in the Holocaust
Title:
Rescue : the story of how gentiles saved Jews in the Holocaust
Author:
Meltzer, Milton, 1915-2009.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Harper & Row, [1988]

©1988
Physical Description:
168 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Summary:
A recounting drawn from historic source material of the many individual acts of heroism performed by righteous gentiles who sought to thwart the extermination of the Jews during the Holocaust.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1020 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 7.7 7.0 7121.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 7.3 10 Quiz: 09686 Guided reading level: NR.
ISBN:
9780060242091

9780060242107
Format :
Book

Available:*

Library
Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Status
Item Holds
Searching...
D810.J4 M3893 1988 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Searching...
Searching...
D810.J4 M3893 1988 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Searching...

On Order

Summary

Summary

A recounting drawn from historic source material of the many individual acts of heroism performed by righteous gentiles who sought to thwart the extermination of the Jews during the Holocaust.


Author Notes

Historian Milton Meltzer was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1915. He attended Columbia University, but had to leave during his senior year because of the Great Depression. He got a job writing for the WPA Federal Theater Project. During World War II, he served as an air traffic controller in the Army Air Corps. After the war, he worked as a writer for CBS radio and in public relations for Pfizer.

In 1956, he published his first book A Pictorial History of the Negro American, which was co-written by Langston Hughes. They also collaborated on Langston Hughes: A Biography, which was published in 1968 and received the Carter G. Woodson award. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 110 books for young people including Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? about the stock market crash that led to the Great Depression; Never to Forget about the Holocaust; and There Comes a Time about the Civil Rights movement. He also addressed such topics as crime, ancient Egypt, the immigrant experience, labor movements, photography, piracy, poverty, racism, and slavery. He wrote numerous biographies including ones on Mary McLeod Bethune, Lydia Maria Child, Dorothea Lange, Margaret Sanger, and Henry David Thoreau. He received the 2000 Regina Medal and the 2001 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his body of work and his lasting contribution to children's literature. He died of esophageal cancer on September 19, 2009 at the age of 94.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 6-9. Chronicling one of the more noble moments of World War II, Meltzer introduces the gentiles who put their lives on the line to save Jewish men, women, and children during the Holocaust. [BKL O 1]


Publisher's Weekly Review

As a successor to Never to Forget: The Jews of the Holocaust , Meltzer has written this work about a hidden side of history to show ``that we need not give in to evil.'' The acts of generosity recounted here are challenging, as Meltzer puts it, since readers may doubt whether they, in similar straits, would behave as decently. One lesson is clear: ``Nobody survived without help from others,'' and thousands of Jews were saved because of daring acts of kindness. Oskar Schinkler, an industrialist, protected 1200 Jews in his factory; the entire French village of Le Chambon harbored Jews; and 8000 Jews were smuggled to safety by Danes in very little time. The most remarkable aspect of this book, aside from the array of astonishing facts, is Meltzer's clear sense of perspective. Even the thorny question of why the pope failed to defend Italian Jews is objectively handled. In contrast to its sensationalistic cover, this is a calm book (about extreme events) that lifts the spirit. Photos not seen by PW. Ages 12-up. (August) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved