of the Winds: My Mission With Raoul Wallenberg
by Agnes Adachi, Paulina K. Dennis
Paperback from iUniverse.com
Wallenberg: The Man Who Stopped Death
by Sharon Linnea, Tom Veres
Paperback from Jewish Publication Society
Conspiracy of Indifference: The Raoul Wallenberg Story
by Alan Gersten
Paperback from Xlibris Corporation
and Dispatches 1924-1944
Search of Sugihara: The Elusive Japanese Diplomat Who Risked His Life to
Rescue 10,000 Jews from the Holocaust
by Raoul Wallenberg
Hardcover from Arcade Books
by Hillel Levine
Book Description: On August 2, 1940, as on every other morning for
weeks before, a long line of Jewish refugees waited outside the Japanese
consulate in Kaunas, Lithuania. Many had already witnessed Nazi atrocities
in Poland and other Axis-occupied lands, and they were desperate to escape.
To leave Europe they needed foreign transit visas. And at the window, the
smiling Japanese consul was issuing them. Before his government closed
down the consulate and reassigned him to Berlin, he would issue thousands
of such visas.
This is the story of Chiune Sugihara, a diplomat and spy who saved as
many as 10,000 Jews from deportation to concentration camps and almost
certain death, Because of his extreme modesty, Sugihara's tremendous act
of moral courage is only now beginning to become widely known.
Unlike Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat whose government sent
him to Hungary with the express purpose of saving Jews, and Oskar Schindler,
the German industrialist who at least initially had a vested economic interest
in protecting the lives of "his Jews," Sugihara had no apparent reason
to perform his acts of rescue. Indeed, he acted in direct violation of
official Japanese policy, which directed all government and military personnel
to cooperate with the murderous policies of their Nazi allies. Examining
Sugihara's education and background -- a background shared with the colonial
administrators and military men who committed "the rape of Nanjing" --
author Hillel Levine finds nothing that explains his extraordinary behavior.
Levine's search has taken him from the old Japanese consul building
in Kaunas (now Kovno), Lithuania, to the Australian outback; across Japan
from the rice fields of Sugihara's native town to the boardrooms of conglomerates
where his younger schoolmates still hold power. But the more Levine sought
answers to Sugihara's puzzling behavior, the more he encountered questions.
Remarkably, Chiune Sugihara was not the only Japanese official to save
Jews. Yet none was ever punished for insubordination. Was there a secret
Japanese plan to save Jews from Nazi genocide?
Much Holocaust scholarship focuses on the perpetrators of evil, trying
to illuminate what drove ordinary men and women to commit horrifying and
murderous acts. But perhaps as difficult to understand is the phenomenon
of rescue: what inspired courageous individuals to swim against the tide
of cruelty and indifference. This sensitive and nuanced biography concludes
that there is no link between a person's background and his moral inclinations.
Mercy remains a divine mystery despite our human craving to reduce it to
This book does not attempt to explain "man's humanity to man." Instead
Levine has woven a fascinating narrative of one man's heroic efforts to
save lives, in the midst of so many seeking to destroy them.
Raoul Wallenberg: The University of Michigan Celebrates Twentieth-Century
Hardcover from Free Press
by Penny Schreiber, Joan Lowenstein
Hardcover from University of Michigan Press
Antiheroes and the Holocaust: American Jewry and Historical Choice
by David Morrison
Hardcover from Gefen Books
Righteous of Switzerland: Heroes of the Holocaust
of the Holocaust (History Makers)
by Meir Wagner, Andreas C. Fischer, Graham Buik, Moshe Meisels
Hardcover from KTAV Publishing House
by Susan Glick
Hardcover from Lucent Books
Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust
by Gay Block, Malka Drucker
Hardcover from Holmes & Meier Publishers, Inc.
Out of Prit