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In the Lion's Den: The Life of Oswald Rufeisen

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Few lives shed more light on the complex relationship between Jews and Christians during and after the Holocaust--or provide a more moving portrait of courage--than Oswald Rufeisen's. A Jew passing as a Christian in occupied Poland, Rufeisen worked as translator for the German police--the very people who rounded up and murdered the Jews--and repeatedly risked his life to s ...more
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published April 5th 1990 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 1990)
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Yibbie
Oswald Rufeisen is an incredibly brave man. He saved hundreds of lives while risking his own life many times over.
I found the writing style a bit hard to follow at times. The author introduces witnesses a bit abruptly. She also spends a lot of time trying to figure out peoples motives, even when there is no way to know what people were thinking.
Through out most of the book Catholicism is equated with Christianity, and there is quite a bit of Catholic theology.
The saddest part is that even
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Suzanne Skelly
One of the most moving non-fiction books I've read in a long time.

A true story of how a Jewish youth of Poland not only survived the holocaust but how as a Jew passing as a Christian of Polish/Germany decent managed to help many jews survive. He earned the trust of the German commander of the gendarmerie, risking his life to sabatoge Nazi plans and pass secret information to Jews and Christians about impending "akions".

The book shows an entirely different side to the Holocaust, and the struggle
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John Gaynard
An amazing story, that has to be read to be believed.
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