Book Review: My Brother’s Keeper

My Brother’s Keeper
Christians Who Risked All to Protect Jewish Targets of the Nazi Holocaust
by Rod Gragg
FaithWords / Center Street
Center Street
Multicultural Interest, Religion & Spirituality
Pub Date 11 Oct 2016   

I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of My Brother’s Keeper through the publisher and Netgalley:

My Brother’s Keeper tells of Christians who risked everything including their lives to protect Jewish targets during the Holocaust. This book highlights thirty individuals and families who risked everything to help their Jewish Brothers and Sisters.

Dr Feng Shan Ho, was one such individual, he was the first secretary of the Chinese embassy in Vienna. Feng Shan Ho, was a Chinese Christian, who was against Hitler and the Nazi’s.

Pastor Otto Moirke and Gertrud Moirke the wife of Pastor Otto Moirke whose father was also a Pastor. Miraculously, Otto and Gertrud’s Safe house network survived the Holocaust without being discovered, but they were vocal about their beliefs, and their feelings about Hitler and the Nazi’s.

Francis Fooley looked like a low level British Bureaucrat serving in Berlin serving in Berlin on the Eve of Word War Two but the reality was he was a British army officer and intelligent agent, who saved thousands of Jewish lives.

Frank Fooley did not look like a spy, but that is exactly what he did, spied on the Nazi’s, risking his life to save thousands of Jewish lives.

Geertruida Wijsmuller in 1938 the then attractive 42 year old Truus, an attractive dark eyed, Dutch Banker’s wife, as a Christian she had been taught to help those in need no matter, their beliefs, the color of their skin, or there heritage.

Heinrich Gruber was a forty three year old Protestant minister who struggled with the question, what he should do about what was happening around him for a long time. Gruber was sentenced to Dachau, where he was given a job of sorting clothing taken from those who had been executed from the Nazi death camp, and it was then that he realized he was witnessing the evidence of Mass murder.

From all over Europe & Britain both single and families were involved with protecting the Jewish population, from the Nazi’s often at the cost of their own lives.

Perhaps one of the best known Christian families to protect there Jewish brethren and sisters were the Ten-Boom Family. On February 28 1944, the Getaspo raided the family home after an informant tipped off the Nazi’s. Ten days later their Father Casper Ten Boom would die under the stress of captivity.

Betsie and Corrie The Ten Boom Sister were sent to Ravensbruck where they were forced to work as slave laborers. Betsie would become sick and die in December of 1944 but before she died, she encouraged her sister to persevere, and she would survive the Holcoaust, and write about it, dying nearly four decades later.

I give My Brother’s Keeper five out of five stars!

Happy Reading!


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