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"You can't let people be treated in an inhuman way around you....Otherwise you start to become inhuman." So declares rescuer Hetty Voûte in this updated edition of THE HEART HAS REASONS, an acclaimed historical account that offers an in-depth look into the hearts and minds of the Holocaust rescuers and explores the meaning that their lives and deeds have for us today. Indi "You can't let people be treated in an inhuman way around you....Otherwise you start to become inhuman." So declares rescuer Hetty Voûte in this updated edition of THE HEART HAS REASONS, an acclaimed historical account that offers an in-depth look into the hearts and minds of the Holocaust rescuers and explores the meaning that their lives and deeds have for us today. Individually or in small "humanitarian cells," the ten Dutch people profiled were able to save the lives of thousands of Jewish children during the Nazi occupation of Holland. How did they do what they did—and why did they risk everything to do it? Although their tales of rescue vary greatly, the integrity of the rescuers does not. Thus these narratives provide a glimpse into their personalities and character while shedding light on their extraordinary acts of courage and kindness. Framed by Klempner's own quest for meaning, the rescuers' words resonate across generations, providing timeless insight into how people of conscience can navigate morally and resist evil in a world where the old specters of prejudice and fascism are again ascendant.


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"You can't let people be treated in an inhuman way around you....Otherwise you start to become inhuman." So declares rescuer Hetty Voûte in this updated edition of THE HEART HAS REASONS, an acclaimed historical account that offers an in-depth look into the hearts and minds of the Holocaust rescuers and explores the meaning that their lives and deeds have for us today. Indi "You can't let people be treated in an inhuman way around you....Otherwise you start to become inhuman." So declares rescuer Hetty Voûte in this updated edition of THE HEART HAS REASONS, an acclaimed historical account that offers an in-depth look into the hearts and minds of the Holocaust rescuers and explores the meaning that their lives and deeds have for us today. Individually or in small "humanitarian cells," the ten Dutch people profiled were able to save the lives of thousands of Jewish children during the Nazi occupation of Holland. How did they do what they did—and why did they risk everything to do it? Although their tales of rescue vary greatly, the integrity of the rescuers does not. Thus these narratives provide a glimpse into their personalities and character while shedding light on their extraordinary acts of courage and kindness. Framed by Klempner's own quest for meaning, the rescuers' words resonate across generations, providing timeless insight into how people of conscience can navigate morally and resist evil in a world where the old specters of prejudice and fascism are again ascendant.

30 review for The Heart Has Reasons: Dutch Rescuers of Jewish Children During the Holocaust, Updated Edition

  1. 5 out of 5

    Grady

    The Research and Writings of a Great Humanist Mark Klempner has published a revised edition of his 2006 book that represented his intensive research and thoughtful interviews with ten Dutch rescuers of Jewish children during the Holocaust. Not having read the original version this reviewer cannot make comparisons between the two editions, but that is inconsequential. This book is so deeply moving, so meticulously researched and so important that it stands alone as a pinnacle achievement. Accordin The Research and Writings of a Great Humanist Mark Klempner has published a revised edition of his 2006 book that represented his intensive research and thoughtful interviews with ten Dutch rescuers of Jewish children during the Holocaust. Not having read the original version this reviewer cannot make comparisons between the two editions, but that is inconsequential. This book is so deeply moving, so meticulously researched and so important that it stands alone as a pinnacle achievement. According to the provided biographical information, `Mark Klempner is a historian, memoirist, and social commentator. The son of an immigrant who barely escaped the Holocaust, Klempner spent nearly a decade talking with and getting to know the Dutch rescuers in order to write "The Heart Has Reasons." Klempner grew up in New York, and attended Cornell University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1997, and winning a J. William Fulbright Fellowship. In 2000, he received an M.A. in folklore studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.' Klempner begins his book with a history of his finding the need to communicate something of importance to mankind. After searching for a job of meaning (including answering a suicide prevention hotline, campaigning for candidates in the government who stood for policies with which he could align, etc), he tried to make a difference: `By the early 1990s, however, the US had changed in ways I couldn't have imagined, and so had I. I see my personal changes as a sobering lesson in the power of society to affect and mold an individual. Like Anne Frank, I'd always thought that people were basically good, but being a studio guitarist in Hollywood during the `80s had eroded my capacity to believe even that. This was a dangerous development, for once you stop expecting people to be good, you'd be surprised at what they begin to show.' And so Klempner came across an idea to find a cause to relay to the public about the importance of caring for each other. What resulted is this magnificent book where Klempner interviews ten Dutch people who protectively shielded Jewish children in the Netherlands when the Nazis invaded. This fine book is an example of not only expert reporting, but also information about which very few of us knew. These ten people hid Jewish children, preventing their being sent to concentration camps. And the amazing aspect that no one knows is that these people, devoted as they were to helping mankind survive the Holocaust, were themselves frequently imprisoned and suffered greatly for their acts of compassion. One by one Klempner interviews these ten souls, each with a unique story, and manages to give us a full picture of what life in Holland was like under Nazi occupation. It is an eye opener, but more important, it is an homage to these brave human beings who, not being Jewish, took care of their fellowmen (children) whose future as Jews was destined to work camps and extermination had they not been protected. This is sobering account, but it also is an exhilarating book that restores our faith in the possibilities of opening our lives and hearts to those who need human kindness. Bravo! Grady Harp

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ivy

    When the Nazis invaded Holland, persecution of the Jews began almost immediately. While most people hid in their homes in fear, a few courageous students formed the Dutch resistance and began to hide Jewish children all over the country in direct defiance to the Nazis. Their work was very dangerous and many lost their lives in the process. Author Mark Klempner travels back to the Netherlands to interview a few of these angels now at the sunset of their lives. Klempner's journey becomes a cathart When the Nazis invaded Holland, persecution of the Jews began almost immediately. While most people hid in their homes in fear, a few courageous students formed the Dutch resistance and began to hide Jewish children all over the country in direct defiance to the Nazis. Their work was very dangerous and many lost their lives in the process. Author Mark Klempner travels back to the Netherlands to interview a few of these angels now at the sunset of their lives. Klempner's journey becomes a cathartic experience and he is changed forever. These courageous rescuers all have one thing in common: they feel compassion for the people around them in danger of losing their lives because of who they are. When asked by the author why they put their lives on the line for people they didn't know when they stood to gain nothing, they answered to the contrary. They succeeded in thwarting the enemy and in preserving their humanity. That statement alone earns this book five stars from me.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sume

    Forced, facile ... an American who can’t even learn his parents’ language, so takes the easy way out - interview Dutch people (the easiest people in the world to talk with) in English. How well can you probe and explore someone’s motives and feelings in a foreign language? These noble folk were pushing 90 by the time he got around to sending a manuscript for them to edit/review - why so many years? - could they even see well enough to read? The project smacks of armchair intellectual meets wanna Forced, facile ... an American who can’t even learn his parents’ language, so takes the easy way out - interview Dutch people (the easiest people in the world to talk with) in English. How well can you probe and explore someone’s motives and feelings in a foreign language? These noble folk were pushing 90 by the time he got around to sending a manuscript for them to edit/review - why so many years? - could they even see well enough to read? The project smacks of armchair intellectual meets wanna be do-gooder trying too hard.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Vera Wilson

    Received a free copy of this. Wonderful written book. So many times in a tragedy there is nobody to help. This book makes us aware, that a few special ones can really make a big difference. Took some awful big risk, but helped so many.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Such amazing, admirable everday people who did extraorinary things.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gillie

    This is a wonderful book, with meaningful lessons told as high adventure, really. It is hard for me to read Holocaust stories knowing that everyone whom you grow to love will die a horrible death. Here we have ordinary heroes performing ordinary miracles and living to tell us about it. In a time of cynicism and growing discontent, we find these people who, at a crossroads in history, did the right thing, because it seemed the only thing that they could do. I am always drawn to this time in histo This is a wonderful book, with meaningful lessons told as high adventure, really. It is hard for me to read Holocaust stories knowing that everyone whom you grow to love will die a horrible death. Here we have ordinary heroes performing ordinary miracles and living to tell us about it. In a time of cynicism and growing discontent, we find these people who, at a crossroads in history, did the right thing, because it seemed the only thing that they could do. I am always drawn to this time in history. This is a book I can re-read, lend, recommend. And I knew the author when he was in Ithaca, and one of my cats, who was an exquisite judge of humans, quite liked him. He appreciated her purr.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I have read a lot of Holocaust books, and with that said, this book made it into the list of 5 or so books that will stand out in my mind when I think about the Holocaust. The reason this book stands out amongst others is because it not only offers first hand accounts of citizens who rescued Jewish children, it also paints a picture of what it what like in Holland during that time, how it differed from Germany, and even how the topography was a hazard in a country that is the size of the state of I have read a lot of Holocaust books, and with that said, this book made it into the list of 5 or so books that will stand out in my mind when I think about the Holocaust. The reason this book stands out amongst others is because it not only offers first hand accounts of citizens who rescued Jewish children, it also paints a picture of what it what like in Holland during that time, how it differed from Germany, and even how the topography was a hazard in a country that is the size of the state of Maryland. With each first hand account, there was a follow up that provided more insight to the other people in that person's account. It was moving, and I would recommend it to anyone studying the Holocaust in detail.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    This book had the same number (Dewey Decimal that is at the Provo Library) as Maus (that Shamae read and recommended) but honestly, when I looked at Maus I didn't feel like I could handle it where and when I was. So when I saw this book right there by it I thought I'd give it a go. This is really a wonderful book. Very inspiring and I love that the author brings out that the people he interviewed that had helped rescue and hide people during the war still work to help people and causes today. I This book had the same number (Dewey Decimal that is at the Provo Library) as Maus (that Shamae read and recommended) but honestly, when I looked at Maus I didn't feel like I could handle it where and when I was. So when I saw this book right there by it I thought I'd give it a go. This is really a wonderful book. Very inspiring and I love that the author brings out that the people he interviewed that had helped rescue and hide people during the war still work to help people and causes today. It makes you think about the kind of person you are and what more you can do to help in the world.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jennings

    I absolutely loved this book. It is set up as a series of interviews and highlights different individuals who took part in the resistance and rescue movement and each story is a testament to the goodness of human nature.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Heintz

    I really enjoyed reading this book. Amazing stories of heroism, resistance and humanity.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jayne Flaagan

    Stories of the Holocaust always amaze me - both in good and bad ways. It was uplifting to read this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Angelica

    This book had a great balance of narrative and interviews. I'm very glad this book was written; all of these brave people deserved to finally have their stories told. This book had a great balance of narrative and interviews. I'm very glad this book was written; all of these brave people deserved to finally have their stories told.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Larene

    an uplifting story about the holocaust. when people are seriously tested, I think that is when their true nature comes out.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Awesome.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Levine

    5.00/5.00

  16. 5 out of 5

    L

  17. 5 out of 5

    Arjen

  18. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cara Siano

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

  21. 5 out of 5

    Judi Blakely

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dr. Javid Jafarov

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Long

  24. 4 out of 5

    D Yon

  25. 4 out of 5

    Monica

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Jacobs

  27. 4 out of 5

    Scooter

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shawna

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy

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