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The righteous : the unsung heroes of the Holocaust, Martin Gilbert

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The righteous : the unsung heroes of the Holocaust
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The righteous
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the unsung heroes of the Holocaust
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Martin Gilbert
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  • Books have been written about individuals who risked their own safety to aid Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe. Yet this comprehensive examination by noted historian Gilbert (The First World War , etc.), recounted largely through first-person accounts by the Jews they rescued, is an important contribution. These thumbnail sketches of rescuers, their methods and, in some cases, the horrors they endured as a result of their courageous choices haven't previously been gathered in one volume. 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. "For anyone who is honoured today for saving Jewish lives, there were ten or more who did the same," says one rescuer. In Vilna, a German officer, Maj. Karl Plagge, protected Jews from 1939 until 1944, by employing them in his Motor Vehicle Repair Park. In Germany, a young slave laborer, her feet frozen from working outdoors in the snow, was given a pair of shoes by an elderly couple in a remote wooded area; she never learned their names. The number of accounts is overwhelming, and fitting them all in one volume requires that each, to a degree, be given short shrift. But the very fact that there were so many tales of courage is reason to take heed of this heartening aspect of one of history's darkest moments. 32 pages of b&w photos, 20 maps. (Feb. 4) --Staff (Reviewed January 20, 2003) (Publishers Weekly, vol 250, issue 3, p70)
  • Sprawling study by noted English historian Gilbert (A History of the Twentieth Century, 1999, etc.) celebrates hundreds of men and women who saved Jewish lives during the years of the Shoah.These "Righteous Among Nations," the Yad Vashem, were comparatively rare in WWII–era Europe, where homegrown fascists, nationalists, criminals, and ordinary people with scores to settle visited murder upon the Jews or stood by as it was committed en masse. Gilbert gathers some truly remarkable stories of the brave deeds of the Righteous: poor Polish farmers, for instance, who hid Jewish families under barn floors or in attics; Italian priests and nuns who disguised refugees as monks and novices (as in Assisi, where one hiding place was "the only convent in the world with a kosher kitchen"); British prisoners of war who smuggled Jews scheduled for annihilation into their own camps, keeping them fed and hidden for months at a time at grave risk to their own safety. These stories are marvelous moral lessons, of course, and it may seem churlish to complain about Gilbert's approach to relating those exemplary deeds, which, sad to say, is eminently respectful but not especially interesting. 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. In the end, the catalogue-like narrative is just a little numbing and more than a little repetitive; it would have been useful to have fewer stories with more consideration of what they mean.Less memorable than other studies of the subject. (Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2002)
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1936-2015
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Gilbert, Martin
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  • Righteous Gentiles in the Holocaust
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
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the unsung heroes of the Holocaust
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The righteous : the unsung heroes of the Holocaust, Martin Gilbert
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 463-478) and index
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24 cm
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First American edition.
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xxvi, 529 pages
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9780805062601
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2002027306
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Label
The righteous : the unsung heroes of the Holocaust, Martin Gilbert
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 463-478) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
451007
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
xxvi, 529 pages
Isbn
9780805062601
Isbn Type
(hb)
Lccn
2002027306
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
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  • (Sirsi) i9780805062601
  • (Sirsi) ADJ-3418
  • IG$ 2002027306

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