Holocaust Rescuers. “He Who Saves One Life Saves the World Entire” Rosemary Conroy 2009. Do not romanticize history to engage students’ interest. Less than one-half of one percent of the total population (non-Jews) under Nazi occupation helped rescue Jews.
“He Who Saves One Life Saves the World Entire”
Rosemary Conroy 2009
Less than one-half of one percent of the total population (non-Jews) under Nazi occupation helped rescue Jews.
Anti-Semitism of local population
Deportation to concentration camps
On the spot shootings
Degree of Nazi control over government bureaucracy.
Occupied population was struggling with fear, hunger, loss of family members, etc.
Inability of victims to blend into community-degree of assimilation affected chance of rescueFactors which impeded rescue
Nechama Tec, Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut, has identified six characteristics and conditions that Holocaust rescuers share.
“There are many persons ready to do what is right because in their hearts they know it is right. But they hesitate, waiting for the other fellow to make the first move- and he in turn, waits for you.”