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.
Prof. Judith Tydor Baumel-Schwartz is the Director of the Arnold and Leona Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research and a Professor at the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel. She has written and edited numerous books and articles about religious life during and after the Holocaust, gender and the Holocaust, Holocaust commemoration and public memory in the State of Israel.
Alain Blitz was born in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1957. His father Jozef Blitz was deported from Belgium to Auschwitz and was the only surviving member ←321 | 322→of his family. Following his studies at the local Jewish “Tachkemoni” school, he made Aliya in 1975 and is a member of kibbutz Hasolelim in the Lower Galilee. He has assembled an important and unique collection of books and publications concerning the Shoa in Belgium in various languages. He also lectures to youngsters and adults concerning the Holocaust and the Jewish Resistance in Belgium.
Dr. Ben Braber is a historian and Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Humanities of the University of Glasgow, specializing in Jewish resistance during the Holocaust, and has published extensively on the subject. His book This Cannot Happen Here: Integration and Jewish Resistance in the Netherlands, 1940–1945, was published in 2013 by the Amsterdam University Press (in the series Studies of the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies). This study places Jewish resistance in the...
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