Defying the Holocaust

Defying the Holocaust

Ten courageous Christians who supported Jews

Tim Dowley


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During the Second World War, Christians from many nations and denominations stepped forward with courage, ingenuity and determination to protect and rescue Jews from the Holocaust. In doing so they risked their lives, and many died. Some, such as Corrie ten Boom, are celebrated, but most have been ignored. Historian Tim Dowley tells ten stories of these extraordinary women and men.

The Nazi Holocaust: A Timeline
Chapter 1: A Most Unorthodox Nun: Mother Maria of Paris
Chapter 2: Pestilent Priests: Revd Hugh Grimes and Revd Frederick Collard, Vienna
Chapter 3: The Borders of Heaven: Jane Haining, Budapest
Chapter 4: No Hiding Place: Corrie ten Boom, Harlem
Chapter 5: Quakers and U-boats: Dr Elisabeth Abegg, Berlin
Chapter 6: The Constant Midwife: Stanislawa Leszczynska, Lódz
Chapter 7: The Monk on a Bicycle: Dom Bruno Reynders, Brussels
Chapter 8: The Vatican Pimpernel: Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, Rome
Chapter 9: Committed Swedes: Pastors Erik Perwe and Erik Myrgren, Berlin
Chapter 10: An Elusive Missionary: Elsie Tilney, Vittel