Between the years 1933 and 1945, Adolf Hitler organized the murder of six million Jews while the world looked on silently. But not all people stood back in fear. In every Nazi-occupied country, at every level of society, there were non-Jews who had the courage to resist. From the king of Denmark, refusing to force Jewish Danes to wear yellow stars, to the Dutch student, registering Jewish babies as Gentiles and hiding children in her home, a small number of people had the strength to reject the inhumanity they were ordered to support.
Here are their stories: thrilling, terrifying, and most of all, inspiring. For in the horror that was the Holocaust, some human decency could still shine through.
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Milton Meltzer's many books include Voices from the Civil War, a 1989 School Library Journal Best Book; Ain't Gonna Study War No More: The Story of America's Peace Seekers; and The American Revolutionaries: A History in Their Own Words 1750–1800, both ALA Best Books for Young Adults and School Library Journal Best Books. Mr. Meltzer lives in New York, NY.From Publishers Weekly:
As a successor to Never to Forget: The Jews of the Holocaust , Meltzer has written this work about a hidden side of history to show "that we need not give in to evil." The acts of generosity recounted here are challenging, as Meltzer puts it, since readers may doubt whether they, in similar straits, would behave as decently. One lesson is clear: "Nobody survived without help from others," and thousands of Jews were saved because of daring acts of kindness. Oskar Schinkler, an industrialist, protected 1200 Jews in his factory; the entire French village of Le Chambon harbored Jews; and 8000 Jews were smuggled to safety by Danes in very little time. The most remarkable aspect of this book, aside from the array of astonishing facts, is Meltzer's clear sense of perspective. Even the thorny question of why the pope failed to defend Italian Jews is objectively handled. In contrast to its sensationalistic cover, this is a calm book (about extreme events) that lifts the spirit. Photos not seen by PW. Ages 12-up.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 1988. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 60242108
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 1988. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060242108