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By way of moral beauty


Reviewing the book, Jason Steger captures the incident with one prisoner who ...finds his hands shaking so much he can't handle the rope; the condemned man turns to him kisses his hand and eases his head into the noose. The dignity and humanity the young prisoner demonstrated moments before his death - and the disdainful refusal of the other condemned men to plead for their lives - no doubt served over time to reinforce my conviction that moral resistance in the face of evil is no less courageous than physical resistance, a point that has unfortunately been frequently lost in the debate over the lack of greater Jewish resistance during the Holocaust. [...] they tell of ordinary people doing extraordinary things faced by the most degrading and repellent settings of evil.



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