Among the Righteous

Among the Righteous

Lost Stories From the Holocaust's Long Reach Into Arab Lands

Book - 2006
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Thousands of people have been honored for saving Jews during the Holocaust--but not a single Arab. Looking for a hopeful response to the plague of Holocaust denial sweeping across the Arab and Muslim worlds, Robert Satloff sets off on a quest to find the Arab hero whose story will change the way Arabs view Jews, themselves, and their own history.

The story of the Holocaust's long reach into the Arab world is difficult to uncover, covered up by desert sands and desert politics. We follow Satloff over four years, through eleven countries, from the barren wasteland of the Sahara, where thousands of Jews were imprisoned in labor camps; through the archways of the Mosque in Paris, which may once have hidden 1700 Jews; to the living rooms of octogenarians in London, Paris and Tunis. The story is very cinematic; the characters are rich and handsome, brave and cowardly; there are heroes and villains. The most surprising story of all is why, more than sixty years after the end of the war, so few people-- Arab and Jew--want this story told.

Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781586483999
Branch Call Number: 940.53 Satloff
Characteristics: 251 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill., maps ;,25 cm.


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Jul 04, 2011

Satloff, a Jew, a professor with a young family, set off to live for three years in Morocco to trace Arabs who had risked themselves to save Jews in North Africa during the Holocaust. Years of research yielded only the thinnest of threads and while he did find evidence of heroic Arabs, few of their descendents have been willing to accept public commendation. This latter fact stays with me like a bad dream, or, rather, a sad dream. The political and social circumstances of Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Libya during WWII were largely unknown to me and the book provides a fascinating civics lesson. Satloff points out that throughout history Jews have generally fared better under Muslim rule than Christian. Who knew? Certainly not me. Well worth reading.


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