Index of Writings
Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust
A book about remarkable people who risked everything to save Jews marked for death during the Holocaust.

Book Cover of Rescuers

Rescuers Book

Touring Exhibit

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

 

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

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When 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.

Aristedes MendesAristedes Mendes, Portuguese ambassador to France during the war.

Forbidden by his government to issue visas to Jews; he issued 10,000 visas in Bordeaux before being recalled to Portugal. There he was stripped of his rank and ostracized; in 1954 he died in a pauper's hospital.