2017 Christian Book Award Finalist
Thirty captivating profiles of Christians who risked everything to rescue their Jewish neighbors from Nazi terror during the Holocaust.
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"The Holocaust stands as history's central metaphor for evil. At a time when fear and divisiveness are resurging around the globe, we badly need this harrowing account of unsung heroes who risked all for the sake of good."—Philip Yancey, New York Times bestselling author
"Gragg provides an inspiring look at 30 Christian heroes who
defied the Nazis at great personal risk and bucked the general tide
of indifference and paralysis that overwhelmed almost all
bystanders to the Holocaust. Jan Karski, who tried to get F.D.R. to
respond to the mass murders of Europe's Jews, will be familiar to
many readers, but most of the people profiled here are not. For
example, relatively few will have heard of Feng Shan Ho, a Chinese
Christian, who saved over 12,000 Jews. When Ho's promotion to
consul-general at the Chinese embassy in Vienna coincided with
increasing reports of Jewish persecution, he issued visas to
Austrian and German Jews, allowing them to emigrate to Shanghai. Ho
persisted despite opposition by his own government, which wanted to
maintain its relationship with Hitler. [...] Gragg gives a sense of
these activists' mind-boggling bravery."—Publisher's
ROD GRAGG is a historian and the author of more than twenty books on topics in American history. His works have been selections of the Book-of-the-Month Club, the History Book Club, and the Military History Book Club. His literary awards include the Douglas Southall Freeman History Prize, the Fletcher Pratt Award, and the James I. Robertson Award. One of his books, Confederate Goliath, was the basis of a PBS film of the same name, and another, Forged in Faith, was nominated for the George Washington Book Prize. He and his family live in South Carolina, where he serves as director of the CresCom Bank Center for Military & Veterans Studies at Coastal Carolina University.