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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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Who Dared to Rescue Jews, and Why?

Who Dared to Rescue Jews, and Why?

(p.101) 6 Who Dared to Rescue Jews, and Why?
Resisting Genocide

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This chapter focuses on people who risked their lives to rescue Jews from the Nazis during World War II. Drawing on examples from Poland, it looks at various kinds of rescuers of Jews. More specifically, it considers rescuers who are most often examined in the Holocaust literature, together with the characteristics shared by various types of rescuers such as individuality or separateness. It also analyses the grey areas where altruistic rescue goes hand-in-hand with pursuing financial interests or with anti-Semitism. Finally, the chapter discusses the issue of getting beyond the distinction between non-Jewish and Jewish rescuers.

Keywords:   rescue, Jews, Nazis, World War II, Poland, rescuers, Holocaust, individuality, altruistic rescue, anti-Semitism

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