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Rescue

BOOKS

  • Michael Bar-Zohar, Beyond Hitler’s Grasp: The Heroic Rescue of Bulgaria’s Jews (Adams Media).
  • Daniel Carpi, Between Mussolini and Hitler: The Jews and the Italian Authorities in France and Tunisia (Brandeis University Press).
  • Leo Goldberger, The Rescue of the Danish Jews (NYU Press).
  • Phillip Hallie, Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed (Harper and Row).
  • Peter Hellman, Avenue of the Righteous (Atheneum).
  • Lucien Lazare, Rescue as Resistance (Columbia University Press).
  • Hillel Levine, In Search of Sugihara (The Free Press).
  • Dalia Ofer, Escaping the Holocaust (Oxford).
  • Samuel P. Oliner, The Altruistic Personality: Rescuers of Jews in Nazi Europe (The Free Press).
  • Mordecai Paldiel, The Path of the Righteous (KTAV).
  • Alexander Ramati, The Assisi Underground (Stein and Day).
  • Carol Rittner and Sondra Myers, The Courage to Care (NYU Press).
  • Harvey Rosenfeld, Raoul Wallenberg: Angel of Rescue (Holmes & Meier).
  • Eric Silver, The Book of the Just (Grove Press).
  • Andrew Stein, Quiet Heroes: True Stories of the Rescue of Jews by Christians in Nazi Occupied Holland (NYU Press).
  • Nechama Tec, When Light Pierced the Darkness: Christian Rescue of Jews in Poland (Oxford University Press).
  • Leni Yahil, The Rescue of Danish Jewry (Jewish Pub. Soc.).

AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIAL

As If It Were Yesterday
85 minutes, videotape, black and white. French with English subtitles.
Recommended for junior high school grades and up.
This film documents the heroism of the Belgian people, who, during the Nazi occupation, hid or helped more than 4,000 Jewish children to escape deportation and exter-mination, often doing so at the risk of their own lives.

Assignment, Rescue: The Story of Varian Fry and the Emergency Rescue Committee
26 minutes
Recommended for junior high school grades and up.
In three weeks Varian Fry rescued 200 leading intellectuals from the Nazis.

The Avenue of the Just
55 minutes, 16 mm, color.
Recommended for junior high school grades and up.
This film pays tribute to ten valiant people, each of whom risked personal safety and even brought their families into jeopardy to save Jewish lives. It is a celebration of heroism at a time when most of humanity turned away. There are interviews with men and women who sacrificed for others and with some of the people they saved.

The Courage to Care
28 minutes, 16mm, color.
Recommended for junior high school grades and up.
An unforgettable encounter with ordinary people who refused to succumb to Nazi tyranny. These people followed their consciences while others “followed orders.” They fed strangers, kept secrets, and provided hiding places. Their actions were exceptional in an era marked by apathy and complicity.

A Debt to Honor
29½ minutes, videotape, color and b/w.
Recommended for junior high school grades and up.
Narrated by Alan Alda, this film about the courageous efforts of Italians to save Jews during the Holocaust was prepared in collaboration with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the National Italian American Foundation. Its principal focus is a series of interviews with Italian priests, nuns and laymen who speak of their direct involvement in the rescue and safety they extended to Italian and refugee Jewish fugitives. The stories reflect the moral courage of the people who participated in them and teaches students that it is possible to reject intolerance and injustice, and not to be bystanders.

The Other Side of Faith
26 minutes.
Recommended for junior high school grades and up.
The story of how a Jew was saved by a Polish Gentile.

Rescue in Scandanavia
55 minutes, videotape, color and b/w.
Recommended for junior high school grades and up.
This film focuses on the courageous acts of Christian rescuers in Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. It includes the work of Raoul Wallenberg and Per Anger in Hungary.

Raoul Wallenberg: Buried Alive
78 minutes, videotape, black and white.
Recommended for junior high school grades and up.
This film reconstructs the story of the young Swedish diplomat who saved the lives of at least 100,000 Jews before disappearing into Soviet prisons.

It Was Nothing . . . It Was Everything
29 minutes.
Recommended for junior high school grades and up.
The Story of the rescue of Greek Jews.

Zegota
52 minutes.
A documentary of Christian rescuers and Jewish survivors who recount their experiences in Poland.