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When Marek Halter was five years old, he and his family fled the Warsaw Ghetto in the hope of fighting for the freedom of Poland. When his family was caught with hundreds of others at Malkinia and told to separate into Poles and Jews, Marek was saved by a Pole who pulled him under a wagon; he and his family escaped by running through open fields amidst the shots of German When Marek Halter was five years old, he and his family fled the Warsaw Ghetto in the hope of fighting for the freedom of Poland. When his family was caught with hundreds of others at Malkinia and told to separate into Poles and Jews, Marek was saved by a Pole who pulled him under a wagon; he and his family escaped by running through open fields amidst the shots of German guns. A split second decision by a Catholic Pole saved Marek's life and the family continued on to Moscow. In 1994, Marek Halter began his search for the men and women who risked their own lives to save the live of Jews during World War II. He begins his journey in his childhood home of Warsaw, from which he has been away for over 40 years. By interviewing Jewish survivors of the holocaust, Halter developed a list of what he calls the "Good and Just" - the people who, according to the Talmud, must exist in each generation in order to save the world from destruction. Our protagonists range from simple peasants on the Polish border to Willy Brandt, the ex-Chancellor of Germany, to a Japanese Consul who disobeyed his government. Eventually, his journey leads him through the Netherlands, Sweden, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Japan, Tunisia - 14 countries in all. Halter was looking for personal stories with happy endings and the people who made those endings possible. Written as a series of conversations with the heroes and those they rescued, interspersed with the author's own memories, "Stories of Deliverance" offers glimpses of the hope and strength we find even in the darkest of times of our history. Halter uses this collection to convince us of two things: that there will always be good people in the world who will give us hope and sustain us in times of oppression; and to warn us that it is only with the memories of good deeds that we will be able to adequately deal with evil.


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When Marek Halter was five years old, he and his family fled the Warsaw Ghetto in the hope of fighting for the freedom of Poland. When his family was caught with hundreds of others at Malkinia and told to separate into Poles and Jews, Marek was saved by a Pole who pulled him under a wagon; he and his family escaped by running through open fields amidst the shots of German When Marek Halter was five years old, he and his family fled the Warsaw Ghetto in the hope of fighting for the freedom of Poland. When his family was caught with hundreds of others at Malkinia and told to separate into Poles and Jews, Marek was saved by a Pole who pulled him under a wagon; he and his family escaped by running through open fields amidst the shots of German guns. A split second decision by a Catholic Pole saved Marek's life and the family continued on to Moscow. In 1994, Marek Halter began his search for the men and women who risked their own lives to save the live of Jews during World War II. He begins his journey in his childhood home of Warsaw, from which he has been away for over 40 years. By interviewing Jewish survivors of the holocaust, Halter developed a list of what he calls the "Good and Just" - the people who, according to the Talmud, must exist in each generation in order to save the world from destruction. Our protagonists range from simple peasants on the Polish border to Willy Brandt, the ex-Chancellor of Germany, to a Japanese Consul who disobeyed his government. Eventually, his journey leads him through the Netherlands, Sweden, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Japan, Tunisia - 14 countries in all. Halter was looking for personal stories with happy endings and the people who made those endings possible. Written as a series of conversations with the heroes and those they rescued, interspersed with the author's own memories, "Stories of Deliverance" offers glimpses of the hope and strength we find even in the darkest of times of our history. Halter uses this collection to convince us of two things: that there will always be good people in the world who will give us hope and sustain us in times of oppression; and to warn us that it is only with the memories of good deeds that we will be able to adequately deal with evil.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Caren

    A child survivor of the Holocaust himself, Marek Halter is on a quest to discover what compelled those he calls the "saviours" to rescue Jews from the Nazi's Final Solution. His interviews with thirty-six men and women across Germany, Poland, France, Italy, and Hungary are characterised by his relentless exploration of the compassion, goodness and dedication of the "Just" and their motivations in risking their own lives, in most cases for Jews they did not know. Only at the end of his discussion A child survivor of the Holocaust himself, Marek Halter is on a quest to discover what compelled those he calls the "saviours" to rescue Jews from the Nazi's Final Solution. His interviews with thirty-six men and women across Germany, Poland, France, Italy, and Hungary are characterised by his relentless exploration of the compassion, goodness and dedication of the "Just" and their motivations in risking their own lives, in most cases for Jews they did not know. Only at the end of his discussion did I realise that in choosing 36 people, he was building on the Talmudic premise that "this number is indispensable if the world is to be saved" [2 x "chai" = life=represented by the number 18 in Hebrew=the rescuer and the rescued]. Halter distinguishes between the Good and the Just, and between the three types of motivation involved in their efforts: those who were committed to oppose Hitler's actions because of "their pride", the preservation of their dignity; those Christians who rescued Jews "because they were believers" in the "precepts of help and love"; and those "people of because". The stories told by these interviewees, all of whom have their memories preserved despite being elderly, are mesmerising, particularly in their humility and certainty that they would repeat their actions without second thoughts if the need arose again. As important as his discovery of how and why the righteous acted in these horrific circumstances were the continuing questions as to why others remained indifferent or inactive. Halter considers the Church leaders, the police of the occupied countries, the ordinary citizens who stood by and watched the annihilation without so much as raising their voices. He asks what would have happened, what could have been prevented, if others had acted similarly to the rescuers, modelled their behaviour on the Protestant leaders of Chambon, on the efforts of Varian Fry in France, on Irena Sender's heroism as a young social worker in Poland. More than anything, the stories reflect a devotion to humanity and hope that we pray can still exist in the continuing fight again Evil.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Marek Halter a world class journalist, is determined to write about the goodness in WWII. He starts to research to find persons who saved his fellow Jews from death. Armed with a list of people, he leaves his adopted France to reaturn to Warsaw, Poland the town of his birth. When he starts to interview those people, he begins to see what justice, goodness and just people have endured then and during the years since the war. He will develop a theroy of three reasons why people risked their lives Marek Halter a world class journalist, is determined to write about the goodness in WWII. He starts to research to find persons who saved his fellow Jews from death. Armed with a list of people, he leaves his adopted France to reaturn to Warsaw, Poland the town of his birth. When he starts to interview those people, he begins to see what justice, goodness and just people have endured then and during the years since the war. He will develop a theroy of three reasons why people risked their lives to hide and save Jews during the Russian and German invasion of their towns. Conversations Marek has with the "saviors" he meets are engrossing. At the end of each short chapter he gathers his thoughts into his personal insights. For example, he formulates three reasons why people risk their lives to save the Jews; pride, just because, and a christian belief in humanity. Some hated the nazi's and Hitler so they hide Jews in their homes. Some saw children shot and could not stomach the violence created by their own countrymen, so they took in families and children when they could and raised them as their own. Many Catholic convents housed children who were Jewish. Factory owners ask for Jewish workers and this saves some of the epople from the gas ovens of the concentrations camps. Each story to the savior or the saved builds into an essay on Goodness and Justice that will have you assured that even in the presence of great EVIL, goodness prevails.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Riley Stapley

    Rescuers by Marek Halter was a interesting book. It was about a bunch of kids who have done heroic thing that has saved life's. One kid risked his life swimming from one house to another to save his family's life in a hurricane. Those are the type of heroic things they all have done. I really like the book. It was a great book. It sucked me in really fast. I read the intro and it was an instant hook. I loved the whole book but my favorite was the girl who saved 8 kids from a burning house. I b Rescuers by Marek Halter was a interesting book. It was about a bunch of kids who have done heroic thing that has saved life's. One kid risked his life swimming from one house to another to save his family's life in a hurricane. Those are the type of heroic things they all have done. I really like the book. It was a great book. It sucked me in really fast. I read the intro and it was an instant hook. I loved the whole book but my favorite was the girl who saved 8 kids from a burning house. I believe that this book could run from 3 to 7th grade. It was fairly easy all you have to know is all the different types of natural disasters. I would highly recommend this book to a lot of people.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marie-Anne

    This book includes interviews with rescuers during the Holocaust from many countries including France. His movie Tzadek: Les Justes is based on this research. Not great writing, but excellent research. Another related book by Marek Halter is Les Justes, ces heros inconnus published by Larousse in French for ages 13-14 with study questions. I am hoping for an English translation in the future.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Marek is a wonderful story teller, I just heard him at LMU. His visits with the movers and shakers in the middle east was fascinating. His take on rescuers of Jews from the holocaust added a dimension i had never considered. Thank you

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