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Title:
The path of the righteous : gentile rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust
Author:
Paldiel, Mordecai.
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Publication Information:
Hoboken, N.J. : Ktav, [1993]

©1993
Physical Description:
xix, 401 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Published in association with the Jewish Foundation for Christian Rescuers/ADL, New York, N.Y.
Language:
English
Contents:
Introduction -- France -- Belgium -- The Netherlands -- Germany -- Poland -- Lithuania & Latvia -- Ukraine & Byelorussia -- Czechoslovakia -- Hungary -- Yugoslavia -- Greece -- Italy -- Norway & Denmark -- Concluding words.
ISBN:
9780881253764
Format :
Book

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The author of this scholarly and moving account of altruism is the director of the Yad Vashem section on righteous Christians as well as himself a Holocaust survivor. Drawing on the files of Yad Vashem, he has presented several hundred heroic stories that can help serve as a corrective for the pessimistic perspective of human nature that so dominates Holocaust studies. Each chapter is devoted to one country in Nazi-occupied Europe and begins with a brief historical summary to establish the context for the accounts given by the righteous gentiles who lived in the nations that Paldiel has surveyed. The motives for altruistic behavior stem from such sources as religious upbringing, intense compassion, and feelings that all persons have a dignity that should not be defiled. This book suggests that the ethics of care is a powerful factor moving human behavior. Paldiel's thematic presentation nuances the occasionally depressing post-Enlightenment view of humanity. General; community college; undergraduate. D. J. Dietrich; Boston College