Saving the Jews: Amazing Stories of Men and Women who Defied the Final Solution

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During the Holocaust's long nights there were gentiles in every corner of Europe who saved Jews. This is their story.

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Born in 1937 to a Hassidic family in Belgium, Paldiel and his family fled via France to Switzerland to escape the Nazis. After the war the family settled in Brooklyn, where Paldiel attended Brooklyn College. He served in the U.S. Army, and later received his doctorate in Holocaust studies from Temple University in Philadelphia. Since 1982, Paldiel has served as the director of the Righteous Among the Nations Program at the Yad Vashem Memorial in Jerusalem, where he investigated thousands of cases of non-Jews who rescued Jews during the Holocaust, including such famous names as Oskar Schindler, Raoul Wallenberg, Jan Karski, and Varian Fry. Saving the Jews is his third published book on the subject of Righteous Gentiles. Paldiel lectures widely in Israel, Europe, and the United States.

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Presented here are 47 accounts of Gentiles who saved Jews during the Holocaust, nonJews who have been honored by Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial as Righteous Gentiles. Paldiel, director of the Righteous Among the Nations program at Yad Vashem, was rescued (along with his family) by a French priest during the Holocaust; the priest helped them escape from France into Switzerland. Of the 70 people Paldiel chronicles (some accounts involve more than one person, and one story concerns 10 British POWs), Varian Fry is the only recognized hero. Fry, an American, saved thousands of Jews in France by providing them with escape routes and visas and passports--some valid, some false. Among the other men and women documented are a Lithuanian carpenter who hid 12 Jews (and was assassinated by a fellow Lithuanian in 1952), and a Turkish consul general in Rhodes who saved 50 Jews by declaring them to be Turks. This is a perceptive and moving account of little-known individuals who risked their lives and the lives of their loved ones. George Cohen
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