When Courage Prevailed – Book Review by Mishka Gora

When Courage Prevailed: The Rescue and Survival of Jews in the Independent State of Croatia by Esther Gitman – A book review by Mishka Gora

Eyes of the Mind

BOOK REVIEW

When Courage Prevailed: The Rescue and Survival of Jews in the Independent State of Croatia by Esther Gitman (Paragon House, ISBN 978-1-55778-894-8)

No one likes to admit they have been duped, so it is no surprise that we have not seen headlines declaring that the history of Eastern Europe as we know it is largely based on Communist propaganda.  What is disquieting, however, is that there hasn’t been a rush by historians to delve into the hitherto closed archives and set the record straight.  Indeed, one of the areas that has remained largely unexamined, despite the popularity of Holocaust literature, is the rescue and survival of Jews during World War II.  Bucking this trend is Esther Gitman, whose book When Courage Prevailed details the extraordinary efforts of non-Jews to save Jews, often at great risk to their own lives, under the puppet regime of the Independent State of…

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  1. Esther Gitman says:

    Dear Ina,
    I’m at awe upon reading Mishka Gora’s critique and analysis of my book. She managed to identify all the fine points I tried to bring out in this book. I was a bit surprised that she indicated that I tantalized the reader with many examples but didn’t bring even one to a conclusion. Well, all those who testified are survivors and in fact they told their life stories. Although, I rarely mentioned my own story of survival as not to make the book subjective I survived first in Sarajevo part of NDH and later by the Italians in Korčula and after the capitulation of Italy on September 8, 1943 the Croatian Partisans together with the Allied forces transferred to Italy proper.

    Thank you Ina for bringing to public attention Gora’s review and thank you to Gora for taking the time to read the book and write such an insightful review. I hope that sometime in the near future we will all sit together and see how can we erect bridges to make this world more peaceful and more tolerant.

    Esther Gitman

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    • Greetings Esther! The bridge to a more peaceful and tolerant world is visible on the horizon particularly with an increasing number of individuals courageously look at the truth in the eyes and and pave the way to a better future. I look forward to the day we can all sit together and say: I too was a part of this.

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