The Righteous by Martin Gilbert
The Unsung Heroes of the Holocaust

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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.

 

About Martin Gilbert

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One of Britain's most distinguished historians, Sir Martin Gilbert was knighted in 1995. Among his many books are The Holocaust (0-8050-3848-7), The First World War (0-8050-4734-4), The Second World War (0-8050-1788-7), Churchill: A Life (0-8050-2396-8), and The Boys (0-8050-4403-5).
 
Published April 1, 2010 by Henry Holt and Co.. 592 pages
Genres: History, War, Travel. Non-fiction

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He piles anecdote atop anecdote with little discrimination and even less commentary, save at the very end, when he briefly considers the various motives the Righteous may have had in doing their good deeds: hatred of the Nazis, religious devotion, simple human decency, and so on.

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So Poland, with the largest Jewish population, also has the highest number of "righteous" when we know that anti-semitism was endemic both before and after the German occupation, and that many Jews survived the war only to be killed by Poles when they came out of hiding.

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The result of 25 years of research sparked by witnessing Oskar Schindler's 1974 funeral procession in Jerusalem, Gilbert's country-by-country examination reveals as much about quiet dissent in Nazi-occupied Europe as it does about the human spirit.

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