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The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust

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If you are a bystander and witness a crime, should intervention to prevent that crime be a legal obligation? Or is moral responsibility enough?

Amos Guiora addresses these profoundly important questions and the bystander-victim relationship from a deeply personal and legal perspective, focusing on the Holocaust and then exploring cases in contemporary society.

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Hardcover, 220 pages
Published April 1st 2017 by Ankerwycke
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Jill Meyer
Sep 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Even after reading and thinking a lot about lawyer Amos Guiora's, 'The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust", I'm still disturbed and confused about the book. Guiora who was born in Israel and raised in both the United States and Israel, has practiced law in both countries. Currently, he works at the University of Utah and is the author many books on terrorism and world affairs. He is also the son of Holocaust survivors, and it is the ideas of "standing by" while others are taken ...more
Anneke van Dijken
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bij het zien van de foto op de cover van Medeplichtig van Amos N. Guiora weet je meteen waar het boek over zal gaan. De titel in de combinatie met de bloedrode kleur van de cover zegt genoeg. Het geeft aan dat ook de omstanders bloed aan hun handen hebben. De vraag is of dat ook zo is. Je wordt heel erg nieuwsgierig naar de mening van de auteur. Het is in ieder geval een heel interessant onderwerp die je aan het denken zet en misschien heb je jezelf al wel eens deze vraag afgevraagd als je weer ...more
Chaunceton Bird
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this book, law professor Amos Guiora provides a persuasive argument for the creation of a new law: one that compels bystanders to intervene or face criminal punishment. There are, of course, factors of the new law that make it more reasonable than any single sentence could. Professor Guiora's argument is well-thought-out and clearly articulated.

At times it felt like there was some fluff, but overall the book tracked well and got to the point without meandering too far.
Quirky Shauna
“Poet Edward Yashinsky: “Fear only the indifferent who permit the killers and betrayers to walk safely on the earth.””

Interestingly, Amos Guiora, is a Professor of Law at the University of Utah. He’s also a Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) in the Israel Defense Forces. His parents survived the Holocaust; his grandparents did not. In this book he discusses"how" the Holocaust happened and explores current crimes when the victim was harmed because a bystander did nothing to intervene or call 911 for help.
Erika Jost
Sep 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
This was frustrating to read. I am intrigued by the example of the bystander in the Holocaust: how does the bystander (who is not directly victimized) act morally in opposition to the immoral acts of the state? This question is difficult and relevant, and the answer necessarily exists outside the legal system of that state.

However, that question is not addressed in this book. Somehow, this author reflects on the Holocaust and concludes that there is a legal solution to the bystander problem: the
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
The author is a lawyer, and can't seem to escape a "lawyerly" approach to his book on the role of bystanders in the holocaust. He also can't stay on topic, as he brings in other examples of bystanders failing to aid victims during crimes. I think this book was cathartic for the author, as his parents and grandparents were survivors and victims, respectively, of the holocaust, and he seems haunted by the circumstances of their persecution. That issue is why I was interested in the book and picked ...more
Karla Jay
Jan 21, 2021 rated it liked it
This is for research and I found a few ideas I hadn't previously known. It's more of an important, cathartic journey for the author, I feel, which he deserves. ...more
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thought provoking.
Dec 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The author needed a good editor to make this book readable and reduce the redundancy.
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Good theory and ideas. Not well written. Redundant an scattered.
Iris Rosen
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Extremely thought provoking.
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a U Alum, I receive their periodical magazines, and saw a blurb about this book. I had to read it.
This was essentially a 200+ page persuasive essay and I found it thought-provoking, engrossing, and compelling. Mr. Guiora is careful to consider what naysayers would say about his proposal: criminalizing bystanders that don't notify the authorities when a victim is in danger. The Holocaust was a fascinating and frightening context for which the book was laid out. I found my natural curiosity o
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