Stories of Reflection

Dig deeper with readings from those affected by the rescuers: those who were rescued, family members of the rescuers, and history and psychology scholars. 

 

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Herbert Pundik on the Rescue of the Jews of Denmark

Herbert Pundik, a Danish Jew who was rescued in 1943 at the age of sixteen, discusses the choices Danish people made during the rescue of the country’s Jews.

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Yukiko Sugihara: Why My Husband Helped the Jews

Yukiko Sugihara describes the events and ideas that led her husband to write passage visas, helping thousands of Jewish refugees escape Nazi persecution. 

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Reflections on Sugihara's Motives

Hear from a rescuee, an academic, and from Chiune Sugihara himself on why he saved the lives of the Lithuanian Jews.

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Mehmet Ülkümen's Testimony on His Father's Decision

Mehmet Ülkümen discusses the ideas and beliefs that motivate his father, the Turkish diplomat Selahattin Ülkümen, to save the lives of the Jews of Rhodes.

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Mathilde Turiel’s Testimony on Being Rescued by Selahattin Ülkümen

Mordecai Paldiel presents the testimony of Mathilde Turiel who, along with her sons Bernie and Elliot, were rescued by Selahattin Ülkümen.

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Ervin Straub on Raoul Wallenberg's Extreme Altruism

From Ervin Staub's book, The Roots of Evil: The Origins of Genocide and Other Group Violence, this excerpt examines the psychological and social background of the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg.

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A Tribute to Raoul Wallenberg by Palko Forgacz

Palko Forgacz presents this tribute in Budapest on June 26, 1946 at a public gathering to honor Raoul Wallenberg. 

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