Among the Righteous: Lost Stories from the Holocaust's Long Reach Into Arab Lands

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PublicAffairs, Oct 30, 2006 - History - 288 pages
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Thousands of people have been honored for saving Jews during the Holocaust—but not a single Arab. Looking for a hopeful response to the plague of Holocaust denial sweeping across the Arab and Muslim worlds, Robert Satloff sets off on a quest to find the Arab hero whose story will change the way Arabs view Jews, themselves, and their own history.

The story of the Holocaust's long reach into the Arab world is difficult to uncover, covered up by desert sands and desert politics. We follow Satloff over four years, through eleven countries, from the barren wasteland of the Sahara, where thousands of Jews were imprisoned in labor camps; through the archways of the Mosque in Paris, which may once have hidden 1700 Jews; to the living rooms of octogenarians in London, Paris and Tunis. The story is very cinematic; the characters are rich and handsome, brave and cowardly; there are heroes and villains. The most surprising story of all is why, more than sixty years after the end of the war, so few people— Arab and Jew—want this story told.

 

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This is a fascinating subject. I thought it could have been organized a bit differently, but the important research that Robert Satloff has done far outweighs the importance of any minor disagreements on structure. An essential work. Read full review

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Near the conclusion of the 1944 Allied propaganda filmTunisian Victory , the persecution of North African Jewish children is mentioned in passing. The brevity of this comment is emblematic of much ... Read full review

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Page 6 - Jewish tradition says, if you save one life. it is as if you have saved a whole world.
Page 8 - And the other alternative? Strasser My dear Mademoiselle, perhaps you have already observed that in Casablanca, human life is cheap. Good night, Mademoiselle.
Page 2 - that's history" is commonly used to dismiss something as unimportant, or no relevance to current concerns, and, despite immense investment in the teaching and writing of history, the general level of historical knowledge in our society is abysmally low. The Muslim peoples, like everyone else in the world, are shaped by their history, but, unlike some others, they are keenly aware of it.

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Robert Satloff, an expert on Arab and Islamic politics, is executive director of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Soon after 9/11, he and his family moved to Rabat, Morocco, where he launched a search for Arab heroes of the Holocaust. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with his wife, Jennie Litvack, and two sons, Benjamin and William.

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