A Conspiracy of Goodness

Rescuing Jews during World War II took a special kind of heroism: ordinary human compassion

Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Josef Mengele -- these are the familiar faces of evil from World War II. Architects of a genocidal collapse of the human soul, they remind everyone that indifference to the suffering of others is perhaps the most pervasive law of nature. And yet, 50 years later, some less familiar faces are beginning to emerge from the terrible history of the Holocaust. They belong to the handful of ordinary people who not only saw the horror around them but also risked their lives out of compassion for its victims: those under Nazi rule who dared to hide Jews...

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