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The heart has reasons : Holocaust rescuers and their stories of courage

Author: Mark Klempner
Publisher: Cleveland, Ohio : Pilgrim Press, ©2006.
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Recounts the stories of men and women who risked their lives to rescue Jews during the Holocaust and explores what others can learn through their stories about courage, determination, and compassion.

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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Personal narratives
Personal narratives, Dutch
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Klempner, Mark, 1955-
Heart has reasons.
Cleveland, Ohio : Pilgrim Press, ©2006
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Klempner
ISBN: 0829816992 9780829816990
OCLC Number: 62118223
Description: xviii, 235 pages : illustrations, 1 map ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword by Christopher R. Browning --
Map of the Netherlands --
Beginnings --
Background --
Invincible Summer / Hetty Voute --
Faith Like a Rock / Heiltje Kooistra --
Chemistry of Compassion --
Rut Matthijsen --
On Wings of Song / Gisela Sohnlein --
Divine Mother / Clara Dijkstra --
Just the Human Thing To Do / Kees Veenstra --
A Glimpse of Grace / Janet Kalff --
Mastermind of the Heart / Pieter Meerburg --
Staring Truth in the Face / Mieke Vermeer --
Laughing It All Away / Theo Leenders --
The Heart Has Reasons --
Reflections --
Endings --
Comments and acknowledgments --
Endnotes --
Source materials bibliography.
Responsibility: Mark Klempner.
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Recounts the stories of men and women who risked their lives to rescue Jews during the Holocaust and explores what others can learn through their stories about courage, determination, and compassion.

Table of Contents:

by robert1 (WorldCat user on 2006-06-13)

Table of Contents for "The Heart Has Reasons": Foreword by Christopher R. Browning Beginnings Background Chapter 1 Hetty Voute: Invincible Summer Chapter 2 Heiltje Kooistra: Faith Like A Rock Chapter 3 Rut Matthijsen: Chemistry of Compassion Chapter 4 Gisela Sohnlein: On Wings of Song Chapter 5 Clara Dijkstra: Divine Mother Chapter 6 Kees Veenstra: Just the Human Thing to Do Chapter 7 Janet Kalff: A Glimpse of Grace Chapter 8 Pieter Meerburg: Mastermind of the Heart Chapter 9 Mieke Vermeer: Staring Truth in the Face Chapter 12 Theo Leenders: Laughing It All Away Chapter 11 The Heart Has Reasons Chapter 12: Reflections 220 Endings 227 NOTES


by robert1 (WorldCat user on 2006-06-13)

FROM THE PUBLISHER "You can't let people be treated in an inhuman way around you. . . . Otherwise you start to become inhuman." So speaks rescuer Hetty Voûte in The Heart Has Reasons, a remarkable book that provides both a fresh look at the "righteous gentiles," and a meditation on what they might have to teach us more than half a century after they defied Hitler. In 1996, Mark Klempner sought out some of the last surviving Dutch rescuers of Jewish children to better understand how and why they made their courageous choices. Inspired by their willingness to risk everything to help others during the war, the author became deeply interested in what the rescuers have done with their lives since, and where their moral compasses point today. What emerges is both a window to the past and a vision for the future. If the rescuers could remain committed to making a difference while under the boot of the Nazi regime, we surely have something to learn from them about taking a stand against injustices, about maintaining an open heart, and about not giving in or giving up. Framed by Klempner's quest for meaning, their words resonate across generations, providing insightful guidance as to how people of conscience can navigate ethically in an increasingly complex world. WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING Pete Seeger "No one knows what this 21st century will bring, hope or horror. The brave people Klempner profiles in this gripping book show us there can be hope, even amid horror." — legendary folk singer Christopher R. Browning "Like no other work I have read, Mark Klempner's deeply moving book puts a human face on the Holocaust rescuers." — author of Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland and The Origins of the Final Solution Garret Keizer "An invaluable book for anyone who seeks to learn-or relearn-the art of compassionate resistance. " — author of Help: The Original Human Dilemma Harold Kushner "A book to restore one's faith in the possibility of human goodness." — Rabbi, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People David K. Shipler "In these pages you will meet profound, uplifting people whose iron devotion to human caring compelled them to risk everything to shelter, hide, and save the vulnerable. You will not stop thinking about them after you finish reading, for Mark Klempner gracefully, hauntingly, invites the most intimate reflection on the moral struggles echoing from the Holocaust into the troubled present." — Pulitzer Prize winning author of Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land Lois Lowry "I read Mark's Klempner's book with great interest, and with gratitude that he collected these accounts from a generation of remarkable people who are now leaving us. It is so important that we hear their stories and tell their stories to young people again and again." — Newbery Award winning author of Number the Stars and The Giver Richard Rohr "We need to know that there are transformed people, even in the midst of a world that seems to avoid renewal, resurrection, and transformation. Hope becomes personal, concrete, and believable in these marvelous stories." — Fr., O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation, author of Radical Grace Paul Loeb "Powerful stories that can inspire us in our current time. They remind us that even in the most difficult circumstances we still can make choices that matter." — author of Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in a Cynical Time


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Best Book About Holocaust Rescuers

by BlueValleySchool (WorldCat user published 2016-10-27) Excellent Permalink

I consider this the best book about Holocaust rescuers but I prefer the updated edition because it has more photographs and is easier to carry around. This book was used for many years by Christopher R. Browning for his "Introduction to the Holocaust" course at the University of North Carolina at...
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by mklempner (WorldCat user published 2013-04-18) Good Permalink

2012 UPDATED PAPERBACK EDITION  ISBN: 978-0-9885674-0-5 

2012 UPDATED EBOOK EDITION ISBN: 978-09885674-1-2

Hello. I am the author. The updated 2012 pb and ebook editions of the book are not showing up on WorldCat.

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Excellent choice for reading groups

by jofecstudies (WorldCat user published 2008-05-15) Excellent Permalink
An excerpt from a review of The Heart Has Reasons appeared in the Journal of Ecumenical Studies (6.22.07) by Ronald Modras.“This is another book about the Holocaust, but it is also a book about heroism that transcends rationality and testifies to the spirituality of the human species, despite the brutality...
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from "Booklist"

by robert1 (WorldCat user published 2006-06-13) Excellent Permalink
Klempner examines the lives of 10 Dutch rescuers who saved Jewish children during the Nazi occupation of their country during World War II. Some of them were primarily involved in helping to find safe addresses for the young people and then transporting them to those addresses. Three rescuers took Jewish...
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excerpt from The Oral History Review, Summer/Fall 2006 issue

by Oral_History_Review (WorldCat user published 2006-11-15) Excellent Permalink
"Klempner strikes a masterful balance between self-revelation and scholarly restraint. He tells his narrators as well as his readers why his own history makes him so intensely engaged in this subject, and later he reflects on the ways the interviews have changed him. Through the oral histories he presents...
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