Stories of the Holocaust always amaze me both in good and bad ways It was uplifting to read this book. Such amazing, admirable everday people who did extraorinary things. The Author, A First Generation Jewish American, Seeks Out Some Of The Last Surviving Rescuers Of Jewish Children During The Nazi Occupation Of Holland To Produce This Collective Portrait Of Ten Heroic Individuals NOTE AN UPDATED EDITION IS NOW AVAILABLE Received a free copy of this Wonderful written book So many times in a tragedy there is nobody to help This book makes us aware, that a few special ones can really make a big difference Took some awful big risk, but helped so many. This is a wonderful book, with meaningful lessons told as high adventure, really It is hard for me to read Holocaust stories knowing that everyone whom you grow to love will die a horrible death Here we have ordinary heroes performing ordinary miracles and living to tell us about it In a time of cynicism and growing discontent, we find these people who, at a crossroads in history, did the right thing, because it seemed the only thing that they could do I am always drawn to this time in history This is a book I can re read, lend, recommend And I knew the author when he was in Ithaca, and one of my cats, who was an exquisite judge of humans, quite liked him He appreciated her purr. I have read a lot of Holocaust books, and with that said, this book made it into the list of 5 or so books that will stand out in my mind when I think about the Holocaust.The reason this book stands out amongst others is because it not only offers first hand accounts of citizens who rescued Jewish children, it also paints a picture of what it what like in Holland during that time, how it differed from Germany, and even how the topography was a hazard in a country that is the size of the state of Maryland With each first hand account, there was a follow up that provided insight to the other people in that person s account It was moving, and I would recommend it to anyone studying the Holocaust in detail. This book had the same number Dewey Decimal that is at the Provo Library as Maus that Shamae read and recommended but honestly, when I looked at Maus I didn t feel like I could handle it where and when I was So when I saw this book right there by it I thought I d give it a go This is really a wonderful book Very inspiring and I love that the author brings out that the people he interviewed that had helped rescue and hide people during the war still work to help people and causes today It makes you think about the kind of person you are and what you can do to help in the world. I absolutely loved this book It is set up as a series of interviews and highlights different individuals who took part in the resistance and rescue movement and each story is a testament to the goodness of human nature. When the Nazis invaded Holland, persecution of the Jews began almost immediately While most people hid in their homes in fear, a few courageous students formed the Dutch resistance and began to hide Jewish children all over the country in direct defiance to the Nazis Their work was very dangerous and many lost their lives in the process Author Mark Klempner travels back to the Netherlands to interview a few of these angels now at the sunset of their lives Klempner s journey becomes a cathartic experience and he is changed forever These courageous rescuers all have one thing in common they feel compassion for the people around them in danger of losing their lives because of who they are When asked by the author why they put their lives on the line for people they didn t know when they stood to gain nothing, they answered to the contrary They succeeded in thwarting the enemy and in preserving their humanity That statement alone earns this book five stars from me. Forced, facile an American who can t even learn his parents language, so takes the easy way out interview Dutch people the easiest people in the world to talk with in English How well can you probe and explore someone s motives and feelings in a foreign language These noble folk were pushing 90 by the time he got around to sending a manuscript for them to edit review why so many years could they even see well enough to read The project smacks of armchair intellectual meets wanna be do gooder trying too hard.
Mark Klempner is a historian, memoirist, and social commentator The son of an immigrant who barely escaped the Holocaust, Klempner spent nearly a decade talking with and getting to know the Dutch rescuers in order to write The Heart Has Reasons Dutch Rescuers of Jewish Children during the Holocaust Klempner grew up in New York, and attended Cornell University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1997,
- 235 pages
- The Heart Has Reasons: Holocaust Rescuers and their Stories of Courage
- Mark Klempner
- 20 April 2019 Mark Klempner