About this lesson

Although many people across Nazi-occupied Europe were indifferent to the fate of Jews or afraid to help, a small number of non-Jews risked their lives to save Jews, helping Jews hide or escape. Some rescuers acted as individuals or as part of organized groups, to help Jewish friends or to oppose the Nazis. This lesson uses survivor testimony and texts to examine Jewish life in hiding and to discuss what motivated rescuers to assist Jews and save lives.

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