Less than a century ago, the Second World War took the lives of more than fifty million people; more than six million of them were systematically exterminated through the Holocaust. Yet amid such darkness, there were glimmers of light--individuals who risked everything to save those hunted by the Nazis. Today, as bigotry and intolerance and the threats of fascism and authoritarianism are ascendent once again, these heroes' little-known stories resonate.
Like the sociologists and psychologists who have studied those who risked their lives, families, and careers to save those threatened by mass murder, Hurowitz finds and reveals common threads ... Of profound interest to those seeking to improve the world.
Refreshingly, the author makes no pretense of inheriting the stories he tells ... This transparency will grip readers from the start ... In a time when our humanity is challenged by new heights of instability and new waves of antisemitism and ethnic hatred, it is an understatement to say this book is timely. A fresh, engrossing contribution to the literature on the Holocaust, focusing on heroics rather than despair.