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Saving the Forsaken: Religious Culture and the Rescue of Jews in Nazi Europe

Pearl M. Oliner

Abstract

Does religion encourage altruism on behalf of those who do not belong? Are the very religious more likely to be altruistic toward outsiders than those who are less religious? This book examines data on Christian rescuers and nonrescuers of Jews during the Holocaust to shed light on these important questions. Drawing on interviews with more than five hundred Christians—Protestant and Catholic, very religious, irreligious, and moderately religious rescuers and nonrescuers living in Nazi-occupied Europe—the book offers a sociological perspective on the values and attitudes that distinguished each ... More

Keywords: religion, altruism, Holocaust, Christianity, rescue, value patterns, Nazi-occupied Europe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780300100631
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300100631.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pearl M. Oliner, author