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Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust

Gay Block and Malka Drucker, with a Prologue by Cynthia Ozick
Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust
ISBN: 978-0-8419-1323-3
1992/255 pages/LC: 9131499
Distributed for Homes & Meier Publishers
Large format; includes color photos

"An extraordinarily edifying and compelling book that tells us about the human capacity for decency and goodness, even under the most adverse and forbidding of circumstances. A major contribution to the literature of altruism."—Robert Coles, Harvard University

"Gay Block's portraits describe with remarkable psychological insight men and women who risked their lives to hide, protect, and save Jews during World War II.... This moving body of work is an affirmation that ordinary people can be heroes."—Susan Kismarick, Curator of Photography, Museum of Modern Art

"Rescuers is both a record of good deeds performed under the most trying circumstances imaginable and a guide and inspiration for generations to come."—Mordecai Paldiel, Yad Vashem


Who are the rescuers, the men and women whose gripping personal narratives make up the core of this remarkable book? Why did they risk everything—even their lives and those of their families—to save Jews marked for death during the Holocaust? 

Gay Block and Malka Drucker present forty nine extraordinary personal accounts of rescuers from a dozen countries across Europe—representative of the 9,295 rescuers honored at Yad Vashem. These are the voices of ordinary people who acted with humanity in the face of Nazi brutality. They paint an unforgettable picture of their wartime lives as they hid Jews in cellars and behind false walls, shared meager food rations, smuggled people out of ghettos, and raised Jewish children as their own.

A landmark volume that includes maps, photographs from family collections, Gay Block's full-color portraits, and Malka Drucker's comprehensive introductory material, Rescuers makes a vital and moving contribution to our understanding of the Holocaust.


Gay Block is a portrait artist residing in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her photographs have been exhibited internationally and are part of the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Malka Drucker, author of more than twenty books for adults and children, is founding rabbi of HaMakom in Santa Fe.