The Rescuers, directed by award-winning filmmaker Michael King, follows Sir Martin Gilbert, one of the foremost historians on the Holocaust, and Stephanie Nyombayire, a survivor of the Rwandan Genocide and anti-genocide activist as they trace the effort of twelve diplomats who served in Europe during the Holocaust and assisted Jews in their attempt to flee Nazi persecution.
Of the twelve diplomats featured in the film, this guide focuses on five who's stories illuminate the profound moral questions about personal and collective responsibility: Hiram Bingham IV, Georg Ferdinand Duckwitz, Chiune Sugihara, Selahattin Ülkümen, and Raoul Wallenberg.
Key questions this guide explores:
- Where is the line between duty and conscience? When do ethical considerations trump diplomats' duty to carry out government policies?
- How do our religious, ethnic, and national identities shape the way we construct our universe of moral responsibility?
- What leads one person and not another to do the right thing, regardless of consequences they may face?