Conscience and courage: rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust

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Anchor Books, 1995 - Psychology - 393 pages
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In this brilliantly researched and insightful book, psychologist Eva Fogelman presents compelling stories of rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust--and offers a revealing analysis of their motivations. Based on her extensive experience as a therapist treating Jewish survivors of the Holocaust and those who helped them, Fogelman delves into the psychology of altruism, illuminating why these rescuers chose to act while others simply stood by. While analyzing motivations, "Conscience And Courage" tells the stories of such little-known individuals as Stefnaia Podgorska Burzminska, a Polish teenager who hid thirteen Jews in her home; Alexander Roslan, a dealer in the black market who kept uprooting his family to shelter three Jewish children in his care, as well as more heralded individuals such as Oskar Schindler, Raoul Wallenberg, and Miep Gies. Speaking to the same audience that flocked to Steven Spielberg's Academy Award-winning movie, "Schindler's List," "Conscience And Courage" is the first book to go beyond the stories to answer the question: Why did they help?

"Fogelman has made a monor contribution to Holocaust studies in collcting these accounts of conscience and courage." -- "The Washington Post Book World."

"By evoking the noble along with the horrible, Ms. Fogelman helps to add a dimension to our understanding of the Holocaust. And, more than that, hers is a work of remembrance." -- "The New York Times Book Review"

 

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Fogelman, a social psychologist and Holocaust film producer, attempts to explain why the rescuers of Holocaust victims acted as they did. Rescuers generally fall into five categories: those driven by ... Read full review

Contents

A Still Small Voice
13
The War Against the Jews
31
Awareness
41
Action
57
The Rescuer Self
69
Fear and Rescuing
135
PART II
155
Morality as Motivation
173
Postwar
273
Myth Reality and Memory
299
11
311
Notes
323
12
325
Bibliography
355
Acknowledgments
377
135
383

Judeophiles
203
10
215
Men and Women Rescuers
237
Early Childhood
253
203
389
About the Author
395
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