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Resisting GenocideThe Multiple Forms of Rescue$
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Jacques Semelin, Claire Andrieu, and Sarah Gensburger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199333493

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199333493.001.0001

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From Help to Rescue

From Help to Rescue

(p.1) Introduction From Help to Rescue
Resisting Genocide

Jacques Semelin

Oxford University Press

This book deals with acts of rescue — defined as a set of actions, whether covert or not, that aim to legally or physically conceal the identity of wanted persons and/or help them escape to a safer place — in genocidal situations, focusing on the genocides of the Jews, Armenians, and Tutsis of Rwanda. It conceptualises the idea of rescue by breaking free from the notion of organised resistance and explains how rescue research overlaps with attitudes to the law and disobedience. It also considers the question of risk associated with rescue and the importance of international relations in the success of rescue operations. In addition, the book challenges the use of the honorific title ‘Righteous among the Nations’ to honor non-Jews who saved Jews by risking their lives; explores the contours of the notion of ‘rescue’ and/or ‘rescuer’; and calls into question the conventional triad — perpetrator, victim, rescuer — inherited from work on the Jewish genocide.

Keywords:   rescue, genocide, Jews, Armenians, Tutsis, Rwanda, organised resistance, international relations, Righteous among the Nations, non-Jews

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