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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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Rescue and Self-Interest

Rescue and Self-Interest


(p.113) 7 Rescue and Self-Interest
Resisting Genocide

Florent Le Bot

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the relationship between rescuing property and rescuing people, with particular emphasis on the disjunction between self-interest and rescue. It assesses the importance of financial resources in the survival of Jews during World War II as well as the process of economic Aryanization in France between 1940 and 1944 — that is, the confiscation of Jewish property. It looks at several cases which demonstrates the link between aid to people and preservation of their property, and places it within the context of the notion of ‘Righteous’. Finally, the chapter discusses rescue in relation to anti-Semitism and spoliation.

Keywords:   property, self-interest, rescue, Jews, World War II, Aryanization, France, confiscation, anti-Semitism, spoliation

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