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The author of the book: Mark Klempner
Language: English
ISBN: 0829816992
ISBN 13: 9780829816990
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Edition: Pilgrim Press
Date of issue: April 7th 2006
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The Research and Writings of a Great Humanist

Mark Klempner has published a revised edition of his 2006 book that represented his intensive research and thoughtful interviews with ten Dutch rescuers of Jewish children during the Holocaust. Not having read the original version this reviewer cannot make comparisons between the two editions, but that is inconsequential. This book is so deeply moving, so meticulously researched and so important that it stands alone as a pinnacle achievement. According to the provided biographical information, `Mark Klempner is a historian, memoirist, and social commentator. The son of an immigrant who barely escaped the Holocaust, Klempner spent nearly a decade talking with and getting to know the Dutch rescuers in order to write "The Heart Has Reasons." Klempner grew up in New York, and attended Cornell University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1997, and winning a J. William Fulbright Fellowship. In 2000, he received an M.A. in folklore studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.'

Klempner begins his book with a history of his finding the need to communicate something of importance to mankind. After searching for a job of meaning (including answering a suicide prevention hotline, campaigning for candidates in the government who stood for policies with which he could align, etc), he tried to make a difference: `By the early 1990s, however, the US had changed in ways I couldn't have imagined, and so had I. I see my personal changes as a sobering lesson in the power of society to affect and mold an individual. Like Anne Frank, I'd always thought that people were basically good, but being a studio guitarist in Hollywood during the `80s had eroded my capacity to believe even that. This was a dangerous development, for once you stop expecting people to be good, you'd be surprised at what they begin to show.' And so Klempner came across an idea to find a cause to relay to the public about the importance of caring for each other. What resulted is this magnificent book where Klempner interviews ten Dutch people who protectively shielded Jewish children in the Netherlands when the Nazis invaded.

This fine book is an example of not only expert reporting, but also information about which very few of us knew. These ten people hid Jewish children, preventing their being sent to concentration camps. And the amazing aspect that no one knows is that these people, devoted as they were to helping mankind survive the Holocaust, were themselves frequently imprisoned and suffered greatly for their acts of compassion. One by one Klempner interviews these ten souls, each with a unique story, and manages to give us a full picture of what life in Holland was like under Nazi occupation. It is an eye opener, but more important, it is an homage to these brave human beings who, not being Jewish, took care of their fellowmen (children) whose future as Jews was destined to work camps and extermination had they not been protected. This is sobering account, but it also is an exhilarating book that restores our faith in the possibilities of opening our lives and hearts to those who need human kindness. Bravo!

Grady Harp

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Ebook The Heart Has Reasons: Holocaust Rescuers and Their Stories of Courage read Online! Mark Klempner is a historian, memoirist, and social commentator. The son of an immigrant who barely escaped the Holocaust, Klempner spent nearly a decade talking with and getting to know the Dutch rescuers in order to write The Heart Has Reasons: Dutch Rescuers of Jewish Children during the Holocaust. Klempner grew up in New York, and attended Cornell University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1997, and winning a J. William Fulbright Fellowship. In 2000, he received an M.A. in folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Klempner’s articles have appeared internationally in professional publications such as the Oral History Reader, as well as in the Christian Science Monitor, Baltimore Sun, and other mainstream newspapers and periodicals. He has also been featured as a radio commentator on Morning Edition, and has been interviewed on NPR, and other broadcast media. Online, Klempner is a blogger for The Huffington Post and has contributed to Alternet.org and CommonDreams.org.


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