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Protectors of Pluralism: Religious Minorities and the Rescue of Jews in the Low Countries During the Holocaust 

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis St San Francisco United States (map)

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce St between Ellis and Eddy (click here for a map).

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Why do some communities protect victims of mass persecution while others do not? Robert Braun’s new book, Protectors of Pluralism, treats this question by examining Jewish survival in the Netherlands and Belgium during the Holocaust. Braun’s research reveals that Protestants were more likely to rescue Jews in Catholic regions of the Low Countries, while Catholics facilitated evasion in Protestant areas. By examining the role of church communities in producing assistance networks, Braun found that local religious minorities are more likely to attempt to save persecuted groups of people because they themselves can personally relate to the importance of a pluralistic society.

Robert Braun is an assistant professor of Jewish studies, sociology, and political science at UC Berkeley; previously, he taught at Northwestern University. His research focuses on civil society and intergroup relationships in times of social upheaval and has been published in the American Journal of Sociology and the American Political Science Review. His second book project, Blood Lines, will trace the roots of racial antisemitism by studying the geographical spread of xenophobic themes in children's stories throughout central Europe. 

Co-presented by the JFCS Holocaust Center.

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