Monday, November 4, 2013

Excerpt of Fascinating Book about A French Priest Who Rescued Jews During the Holocaust

Next month, we’re honored to be welcome historian Susan Zuccotti who will be presenting her new book, Père Marie-Benoît and Jewish Rescue: How a French Priest Together with Jewish Friends Saved Thousands During the Holocaust (Indiana University Press, 2013) on December 11 at 7 p.m.

The book explores the life and work of Père Marie-Benoît (1895-1990), a courageous French Capuchin priest who risked everything to hide Jews in France and Italy during the Holocaust, by providing false papers, helping them to elude their persecutors. From monasteries first in Marseille and later in Rome, Père Marie-Benoît worked with Jewish co-conspirators to build remarkably effective Jewish-Christian rescue networks. To shed light on the priest’s life, Zuccotti delved into archives in France and at the Vatican and personally interviewed Père Marie-Benoît, his family, Jewish rescuers with whom he worked, and survivors who owed their lives to his network.

Click here for an excerpt of the book which the Wall Street Journal praised for helping “to keep alive the memory of one of the brave men and women whose actions showed that goodness and charity will survive even in the midst of a great evil.”

Susan Zuccotti will be joined by investigative journalist Leslie Maitland, author of Crossing the Borders of Time (Other Press, 2012), which is the compelling account of her mission to discover what happened to her mother’s long lost love after the war. Admission is free.

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