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Researched and written by award-winning historian Rod Gragg, My Brother's Keeper reveals one gripping profile after another--thirty accounts of Christians from all walks of life who were granted the grace to face the forces of evil. With courage that was forged in faith, they were called to help protect and preserve the lives of thousands of Jewish individuals and families from the horrors of the Holocaust. Eventually, each of them would be honored by the nation of Israel with the title "The Righteous Among the Nations." Each story is extraordinary, and all deserve to be remembered and retold in "such a time as this."

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Center Street
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 1455566292
ISBN-13: 9781455566297

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Publisher's Description

2017 Christian Book Award Finalist

Thirty captivating profiles of Christians who risked everything to rescue their Jewish neighbors from Nazi terror during the Holocaust.

MY BROTHER'S KEEPER unfolds powerful stories of Christians from across denominations who gave everything they had to save the Jewish people from the evils of the Holocaust. This unlikely group of believers, later honored by the nation of Israel as "The Righteous Among the Nations," includes ordinary teenage girls, pastors, priests, a German army officer, a former Italian fascist, an international spy, and even a princess.

In one gripping profile after another, these extraordinary historical accounts offer stories of steadfast believers who together helped thousands of Jewish individuals and families to safety. Many of these everyday heroes perished alongside the very people they were trying to protect. There is no doubt that all of their stories showcase the best of humanity--even in the face of unthinkable evil.

Author Bio

ROD GRAGG is a historian and the author of more than twenty books on topics in American history. His works have been selections of the Book-of-the-Month Club, the History Book Club, and the Military History Book Club. His literary awards include the Douglas Southall Freeman History Prize, the Fletcher Pratt Award, and the James I. Robertson Award. One of his books, Confederate Goliath, was the basis of a PBS film of the same name, and another, Forged in Faith, was nominated for the George Washington Book Prize. He and his family live in South Carolina, where he serves as director of the CresCom Bank Center for Military & Veterans Studies at Coastal Carolina University.

Editorial Reviews

"The Holocaust stands as history's central metaphor for evil. At a time when fear and divisiveness are resurging around the globe, we badly need this harrowing account of unsung heroes who risked all for the sake of good."—Philip Yancey, New York Times bestselling author
"Gragg provides an inspiring look at 30 Christian heroes who defied the Nazis at great personal risk and bucked the general tide of indifference and paralysis that overwhelmed almost all bystanders to the Holocaust. Jan Karski, who tried to get F.D.R. to respond to the mass murders of Europe's Jews, will be familiar to many readers, but most of the people profiled here are not. For example, relatively few will have heard of Feng Shan Ho, a Chinese Christian, who saved over 12,000 Jews. When Ho's promotion to consul-general at the Chinese embassy in Vienna coincided with increasing reports of Jewish persecution, he issued visas to Austrian and German Jews, allowing them to emigrate to Shanghai. Ho persisted despite opposition by his own government, which wanted to maintain its relationship with Hitler. [...] Gragg gives a sense of these activists' mind-boggling bravery."—Publisher's Weekly

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  1. Melissa Miller
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Highly recommend
    September 6, 2017
    Melissa Miller
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Excellent material. The brief narratives allow for reading one historical, challenging, and inspiring account in a short time, which is great for busy schedules. I appreciate the author's inclusion of his characters Christianity in the historical accounts. The author uses many references for his material.
  2. joyful334209
    FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The COMFORTER was there
    November 14, 2016
    joyful334209
    FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is impassioned, sorrowfully soulful book of stories. This is a heartwrenching and heartwarming book of stories. I found myself angry, brokenhearted, in unbelief and I learned things that disgusted me about America I could not believe the things that I learned - for example - just in the first chapter - did you know - that Hitler let the Jews leave alive if they gave all their finances etc and go to another country if they would take them , but America would only take a small amount of people - same with the UK - but knowing that - America turned away millions and in doing that condemned those millions to death in the death camps - still proud of America? Oh also in Chapter one - The Pope sold their soul of the Church with a deal with Hitler - can you believe that - the Catholic Church was in cahoots with the Nazi's - all in Chapter one - wait til you learn even more the further you go on - The Christians in this book saved so many lives - it is amazing - and GOD closed eyes when needed to save lives and opened them to do the same. Praise GOD. I felt sick in other places at just the thought of those death camps and the thought that America could have saved those lives. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
  3. lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    no matter the cost
    November 7, 2016
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Many books have shared the courage and cost of the many people who risked all to help Jewish people live amidst an evil rapidly advancing across the land. Corrie Ten Boom and her family are one of many who I have read about that includes her biography and testimony regarding her time in a concentration camp. Here is a book with each chapter having 3-5 pages about various individuals who risked so much to save lives and never considered doing it for self-aggrandizement.

    In each chapter, I read about an individual who stood up sometimes face-to-face with evil people in order to save children and others if possible. The tighter the Nazi regime got and the harsher they became towards the Jewish people and anyone helping them, these individual people still continued to devise ways to save lives.

    The book doesnt include a lot of the horrible descriptions of what people endured or died from; it focuses more on the individual actions and ways God used them to save His people. Maybe others can read through a book like this in one sitting. For me, I could read a couple of chapters and then I needed to take a break. Our generation and future generations need to read a book like this so that many can be inspired to look to others welfare instead of our own.

    While we dont have WWII going on or Nazi regimes, there are many things today in which we can pull together and help others. Read this book and remember Hebrews 12:1 because the author describes a great cloud of witnesses. I pray you give this book to many people of all ages so that we never forget these actions, to inspire others to walk in the path of being willing to look and reach a hand out to help whomever God puts in their path!
  4. Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Historical facts along with true stories of men and women who risked it all during the Holocaust!
    October 21, 2016
    Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    "They are perhaps the sole rays of light in this dark era, the few whose consciences prevented them from being indifferent." ~ Yad Vashem

    "Many did nothing - even though they called themselves Christians. Others joined the Nazis and supported Shoah, or Holocaust - the dark deadly storm that swept over Europe with the rise of Nazi Germany. In it more than six million Jewish men, women and children perished, killed by starvation or illness, fatally tortured or beaten, shot by Nazi death squads, or executed in concentration camp gas chambers. Contrary to popular misconception, in may ways the Jews of Europe resisted the evil that befell them. And as the unimaginable horror of the Holocaust descended upon Europe, countless people who professed the name of Christ also refused to remain silent or inactive. Many risked everything to help rescue Jewish targets of Nazi tyranny. Some even made the ultimate sacrifice, faithfully fulling the words of Jesus: "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

    My Brother's Keeper by Rod Gragg records the stories of thirty of them, all of whom have been honored by the State of Israel as "the Righteous Among the Nations." One of the Christians whose story is recounted in this work likely spoke for all herein when he explained why he chose to risk everything to save a single Jewish life. "I know that when I stand before God on Judgment Day," he said, "I shall not be asked the question posed to Cain - where were you when your brother's blood was crying out to God? " (pg 10).

    My Brother's Keeper shares both the stories of these men and women who rose up in the face of perhaps the greatest evil atrocities of human kind and vowed not to stand by and do nothing when Hitler and his men tried in vain to rid the world of the Jewish race. Notables like Corrie Ten Bloom are captured as well as those whose names people might not recognize but save thousands of lives through their heroic efforts, some even paying with their own lives instead of standing idly by. This book also shares the history of such people like Hitler, Oskar Shindler and others so you get a full sense of what happened from the beginning until the brutal end. Why did the US and other nations not get involved when they knew what was happening in Germany and in other countries that Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini were controlling piece by piece. This is a part of world history we cannot forget and it shows that good can still overcome evil if people are willing to step up and challenge them.

    I received My Brother's Keeper by Rod Gragg compliments of Center Street Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Groups. It is hard to read these accounts and in the process you, the reader, are transported back to this time in history where people were stripped of their world possessions, wealth, and humanity for the sole reason of their birthright. The book shares these 30 accounts along with some historical pictures and is one I will not part with, and thus has become a part of my library sharing the history of the Jewish Holocaust as well as those that died trying to risk all to protect them. For me, this is a true 5 out of 5 stars.
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