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Conscience and Courage: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust [Paperback]

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A psychotherapist and the founding director of the Jewish Foundation for Christian Rescuers presents case stories of individuals who risked their lives to rescue Jews and explains the motivations and personality profiles of such individuals. Reprint.

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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?

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Pages   416
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 1995
Publisher   Anchor
ISBN  0385420285  
EAN  9780385420280  

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One of my most cherished books  Feb 16, 2008
First, what I did not like: the organization of the book was confusing to me, because it was based on the author's attempt to piece apart "what motivated" rescuers to act. That struck me as too reductionist. As someone who is always striving just to try to understand myself better (& that is always an ongoing journey), it seems presumptuous to assume that we can know, entirely, what motivates others. Usually aren't there, perhaps, several 'motivations?'

Despite that criticism, the stories are an inspirational treasure. I lost count of how many times I read the stories. Every time I am struck by the powerful testament toward both "conscience and courage," thus the book is appropriately titled. The author does an excellent job capturing the complexity of this time and the decision-making process. Her documentation of these stories adds to our knowledge of history the vast numbers of people who managed to defy the Nazi regime despite oppression. Further, the author does not attempt to paint a rosy picture or gloss over the difficulties they encountered. She includes the harrowing details, even the devastating endings. Good acts are not always rewarded. Until reading this book, I was completely unaware of how dangerous it still is to reveal acts of helpfulness toward the "enemies of the Third Reich," or of the secret Nazi societies that may still take revenge.

Besides the history contained, which is valuable enough, this book has been a personal challenge. I am from a different generation and a different time. It forces me to ask myself what I would do in similar situations. There is no way that I can know, but the process of seriously considering these questions leads to personal growth. I am requiring my son to read it, in the hopes that whatever challenges life brings his way, he may always be aware that he does have personal control over his choices.
The story of the brave rescuers  Oct 19, 2006
Conscience and courage is about the people who at great risk to themselves and their families helped Jews to escape from the Nazis.

It focuses on such courageous individuals as Stefania Podgorska Buzminski , a Polish teenage girl who hid 13 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 , Joop Westerweel who presided over a network in the Netherlands that smuggled Jewish children to safety ; Diplomats such as Sempo Sugihara , Japanese consul based in Kovno , Lithuania , Aristide De Sousa Mendes , the Portuguese Consul General in Bourdieux , France and of course Raoul Wallenberg , whose efforts saved thousands of Jews from extermination.

It also covers the stories of such well known rescuers as Oskar Schindler and Miep Gies.

This book not only focuses on the stories of these brave individuals, but also explores why they acted as they did , and how their efforts and it's results affected them both during and after the war.

Many people chose to help out of moral reasons or out of love for their charges. Others where professionals had the skills and tools to help , and others where children who from an early age where involved in the rescue efforts of their parents.

Some rescuers worked alone and others worked in networks.

These stories are being re-examined at a time when some , like Iranian Presdient Mahmoud Ahmadinejad deny the holocaust happened-while working to carry out a real holocaust against the Jews , while others forget history and aim to dismantle the Jewish State , built to a large extent by holocaust survivors.
Conscience and Courage  Feb 17, 2006
An excellent book, well worth the price for the history it contains.
Great book but hypocritical and superficial therapist  Oct 27, 2004
Read her book for a very good idea of what some people did to help the Jews during this horrific time when most people in the world stood still. But if you have severe problems due to the Holocaust, I regret that she may very well go against some of the very noble ideas in her book, because that was what happened to me, a 2nd generation survivor while I was in "therapy" with her. She didn't even care if I was going to die due to my difficulties.
Inspiring  Feb 28, 2004
This book is both fascinating and inspirational. Fogelman shares the stories of a number of rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust. She also offers her insight regarding the psychological effects of risking ones life for others and why the individuals (and sometimes groups) chose to do good. This novel offers a little known aspect of the Holocaust and presents a shining light from an era of darkness.

- College Student


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