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Saving the ForsakenReligious Culture and the Rescue of Jews in Nazi Europe$
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Pearl M. Oliner

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780300100631

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300100631.001.0001

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(p.90) 5 Protestants
Saving the Forsaken

Pearl M. Oliner

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the altruistic behavior of Protestant rescuers of Jews in Nazi Europe. It analyzes qualities shared by the Protestant rescuers with other Protestants and how Protestants generally compare with Catholics. The findings reveal that Protestants were particularly strong on potency measures compared to Catholics and that both Protestant rescuers and bystanders scored significantly higher on personal potency than their Catholic counterparts. This chapter also shares the stories of Protestant rescuers and bystanders including that of a German Lutheran rescuer, a Norwegian Lutheran rescuer, and a Dutch Lutheran bystander.

Keywords:   Protestant rescuers, altruistic behavior, Jews, Nazi Europe, potency measures, Catholics, personal potency

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