The Righteous

The Righteous

The Unsung Heroes of the Holocaust

Book - 2003
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The Unsung Heroes of the Holocaust

Drawing from twenty-five years of original research, Sir Martin Gilbert re-creates the remarkable stories of non-Jews who risked their lives to help Jews during the Holocaust

According to Jewish tradition, "Whoever saves one life, it is as if he saved the entire world." Non-Jews who helped save Jewish lives during World War II are designated Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem, the Holocaust archive in Jerusalem. In The Righteous , distinguished historian Sir Martin Gilbert , through extensive interviews, explores the courage of those who-throughout Germany and in every occupied country from Norway to Greece, from the Atlantic to the Baltic-took incredible risks to help Jews whose fate would have been sealed without them. Indeed, many lost their lives for their efforts.

Those who hid Jews included priests, nurses, teachers, neighbors and friends, employees and colleagues, soldiers and diplomats, and, above all, ordinary citizens. From Greek Orthodox Princess Alice of Greece, who hid Jews in her home in Athens, to the Ukrainian Uniate Archbishop of Lvov, who hid hundreds of Jews in his churches and monasteries, to Muslims in Bosnia and Albania, many risked, and lost, everything to help their fellow man.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2003
Edition: 1st American ed. --
ISBN: 9780805062601
0805062602
Branch Call Number: 940.531835/GIL 4565 1

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Aug 02, 2012

This subject is so important to read about but overwhelming; you actually feel despairing.
It must surely have been humanity's lowest point so far (eg. standing in railcars for 10 day with no food/water/facilities in freezing weather).
This book is exhausting to read because it's like reading a million index cards. There are so many details your brain gets overloaded. It is really more of a Reference book and should be in that section. Borrow for research only, it's not readable.

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