Sociologist Nechama Tec explores the story of one woman, Stefa Dworek - a Polish Christian - and her motivation to shelter a Jewish woman during the Holocaust. If caught rescuing a Jew during this time, Stefa would have faced imprisonment or worse. Yet about 2 percent of the Polish Christian population chose to hide Jews in a nation known for its long history of antisemitism.
In this Facing History and Ourselves podcast, genocide scholar and author Daniel Jonah Goldhagen discusses the history of antisemitism and its relevance today. Goldhagen is the author of Worse than War, which considers the actions and motivations of the perpetrators of genocides.
In December 1916, Lieutenant Said Ahmed Mukhtar al-Ba’aj, an Ottoman officer, and Arab Muslim soldier who defected to the Russian Army testified about his role in the deportation of Armenians from Trebizond and Erzerum.
Suppose the government were to use its power to ensure that no one was superior to anyone else. Would such a society be fair to individuals? Would it be just? American author Kurt Vonnegut offers answers to such questions through this 1961 science fiction story.