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This book is a study of altruism during the Holocaust. The author and her staff interviewed more than 300 rescuers in North America, Israel and various European nations and confirmed each rescuer's recollections by interviewing the Jews they saved or checking it against archival material. Their goal in this was to find the motivation behind alturism. Why did these people defy authority and put themselves at risk to act humanely? It is also hoped that by recording these stories and studying them, these acts of compassion will never be forgotten and they will be repeated, again, and again.
In this brilliantly researched and insightful book, psychologist Eva Fogelman presents compelling stories of rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust--and offers a revealing analysis of their motivations. Based on her extensive experience as a therapist treating Jewish survivors of the Holocaust and those who helped them, Fogelman delves into the psychology of altruism, illuminating why these rescuers chose to act while others simply stood by. While analyzing motivations, Conscience And Courage tells the stories of such little-known individuals as Stefnaia Podgorska Burzminska, a Polish teenager who hid thirteen Jews in her home; Alexander Roslan, a dealer in the black market who kept uprooting his family to shelter three Jewish children in his care, as well as more heralded individuals such as Oskar Schindler, Raoul Wallenberg, and Miep Gies. Speaking to the same audience that flocked to Steven Spielberg's Academy Award-winning movie, Schindler's List, Conscience And Courage is the first book to go beyond the stories to answer the question: Why did they help?
Eva Fogelman is a psychotherapist, social psychologist, and filmmaker. She ise a founding director of the Jewish Foundation for Christian Rescuers (a project of the Anti-Defamation League), and is the codirector of psychotherapy with generations of the Holocaust and related traumas at the Training Institute for Mental Health. She is also a senior research fellow at the Center for Social Research at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Fogelman was a writer and coproducer of the PBS series Breaking the Silence: The Generation After the Holocaust (1984). She lives in New York City.
"Fogelman has made a monor contribution to Holocaust studies in collcting these accounts of conscience and courage." --The Washington Post Book World.
"By evoking the noble along with the horrible, Ms. Fogelman helps to add a dimension to our understanding of the Holocaust. And, more than that, hers is a work of remembrance." --The New York Times Book Review