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All Our Brothers and Sisters

Jews Saving Jews during the Holocaust

Edited By Judith Tydor Baumel-Schwartz and Alan Schneider

The book focuses on the heroism of Jews throughout Europe who risked their lives to save their coreligionists under Nazi rule. The contributors discuss and analyze the actions of Jews who rescued other Jews from the hands of the Nazis. These actions took place, to different degrees, in Germany, in Axis states and all across Nazi-occupied Europe, from the early stages of persecution until the war’s end, in the framework of collaborative efforts and individual initiatives. The Jews who rescued other Jews during the Holocaust came like their non-Jewish counterparts from different backgrounds: men and women, old and young, religious and secular, wealthy and poor, educated and uneducated. The rescue missions took place in ghettos, areas without ghettos, jails, camps, hospitals, children’s homes, schools, monasteries, in hiding. This book focuses on these rescue missions and the people behind them, reminding us of their courage and willingness to act, even when it put their own lives in danger.

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. Some, though, cannot go unmentioned. Haim Roet, Founding Chairman of the Committee to Recognize the Heroism of Jewish Rescuers During the Holocaust is a moving force ←15 | 16→who initiated me to this subject and steered our efforts until recently promoting younger leadership to the helm. Haim is a Dutch survivor who lost close relatives to Nazi persecution but was rescued as a child by brave Jews and non-Jews in the Dutch underground. Only later in life and after establishing the monumental Holocaust remembrance project “Unto Every Person There is a Name” in which I was a partner, did he feel incensed that his Jewish rescuer had received no recognition from the Jewish people – a fact that he was able to rectify at Max “Nico” Leons’ surprise 90th birthday party in Amsterdam when Haim presented him with our Jewish Rescuers Citation.

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