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A Conspiracy Of Decency : The Rescue Of The Danish Jews During World War II - Emmy E. Werner

A Conspiracy Of Decency

The Rescue Of The Danish Jews During World War II

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The people of Denmark managed to save almost their country's entire Jewish population from extinction in a spontaneous act of humanity - one of the most compelling stories of moral courage in the history of World War II. Drawing on many personal accounts, Emmy Werner tells the story of the rescue of the Danish Jews from the vantage-point of living eyewitnesses- the last survivors of an extraordinary conspiracy of decency that triumphed in the midst of the horrors of the Holocaust. "A Conspiracy of Decency" chronicles the acts of people of good will from several nationalities. Among them were the German Georg F. Duckwitz, who warned the Jews of their impending deportation, the Danes who hid them and ferried them across the Oresund, and the Swedes who gave them asylum. Regardless of their social class, education, and religious and political persuasion, the rescuers all shared one important characteristic: they defined their humanity by their ability to act with great compassion. These people never considered themselves heroes - they simply felt that they were doing the right thing.

Elegantly written and thoroughly researched, this is an important work in the field of Holocaust studies."

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Prologuep. 1
Shadows over Denmarkp. 7
Men of Consciencep. 27
A Matter of Decencyp. 43
Escape Across the Oresundp. 61
Refuge in Swedenp. 83
Sojourn in Theresienstadtp. 101
Turmoil in Copenhagenp. 123
Liberation and Homecomingp. 141
Getting on with Lifep. 155
"Whoever Saves a Single Life"p. 167
Selected Chronologyp. 183
Notesp. 185
Bibliographyp. 199
Indexp. 205
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ISBN: 9780813342788
ISBN-10: 0813342783
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st October 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.31 x 17.09  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1