When a writer finishes a book, the work is over. We might get a few letters, but we soon move to another project. Not so with Rescuers. Whether we spoke at a museum, college, high school, church, or synagogue, passionate responses told us that just as the rescuers had awakened us, so our work had awakened others.
Rescuers Presentation: Print Friendly VersionWhen Gay Block and I began our work about rescuers, non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews in the Holocaust, we had no idea of the danger of our subject. It is tempting to make Jewish rescue more than it was. Many of us will grasp at anything that helps to soften the agony of confronting the Holocaust. When we study the rescuers, we must never forget the context of their deeds. In Nazi-occupied Europe, Jews were hunted and they were doomed, even when they fought back. Historically, the rescuers deserve at most a paragraph in a book about Holocaust, because in number, they were a raindrop in an ocean of indifference.
Yet, emotionally, spiritually and psychologically, the rescuers deeds are without measure.
Children and Jacob’s Rescue
Gay Block’s photographs and videos of Rescuers
2004 Letter about the Roslan’s from Jacob’s Brother
A Student’s Letter About Jacob’s Rescue
What Do We Owe the Righteous Gentiles
A Commencement Speech About Altruism
A Short Story About Diversity and Tolerance