Very Religious and Irreligious Rescuers

An Exploration of Cultural Styles
  • Pearl M. Oliner
  • Jeanne Wielgus
  • Mary B. Gruber


Of the many examples of altruism, the rescue of Jews by non-Jews during the horrendous period of the Holocaust remains among the most compelling. Altruism on behalf of ‘insider’ groups, groups who share a strong collective identity and a sense of common fate, is not uncommon. What makes rescuer activity particularly important was the fact that it was not only undertaken at grave personal risk, but on behalf of an ‘outsider’ group, sharply distinguished through long centuries of Christian and European national history as ‘them’.


Personal Integrity Religious Denomination Communal Goal Outgroup Member Economic Competence 
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  • Pearl M. Oliner
  • Jeanne Wielgus
  • Mary B. Gruber

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