When Light Pierced the Darkness Christian Rescue of Jews in Nazi-Occupied Poland

ISBN-10: 0195051947
ISBN-13: 9780195051940
Edition: 1986
Authors: Nechama Tec
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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 1986
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/22/1987
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Nechama Tec's incisive account of the rescue of Jews by Christians in Nazi-occupied Poland draws heavily on her own childhood experiences. Her in-depth study - the first of its kind - contrasts the attitudes and behaviour of altruistic helpers, and paid rescuers. She discovers a fascinating pattern, in which altruistic Christians applied their customary practise of helping the needy, without regard for their own safety, whereas paid rescuers acted with the motive of removing the Jews and the danger they represented to Poland. This is a deeply affecting book, which deals squarely with the ingrained anti-Semitism in Polish society, yet pays tribute to the extraordinary risks taken by Polish people on behalf of their Jewish compatriots.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Defying the Final Solution: Moving to the Christian Side
Separating Friend from Foe: the Experience of Passing and Hiding
Becoming a Rescuer: Overcoming Social, Psychological, and Physical Barriers
From Warning to Long-Term Shelter: Forms of Christian Rescue
The Issue of Money
The Rare Case of the Anti-Semitic Helper
The Influence of Class and Politics
Friendship
Religion
A New Theory of Rescue and Rescuers
Conclusions
Postscript on Methodology
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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