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À partir des génocides des arméniens, des juifs et des tutsis, ce livre exceptionnel est la première tentative internationale, comparative et pluridisciplinaire pour constituer l'acte de sauvetage en objet de recherche... Read More
The efforts lead in attempts to save Jews during the World War II have known a certain notoriety in France ever since the title of "the righteous" was introduced into French legislation in 2000, but scientific research on the subject is rare. The efforts to rescue the Armenians (1915-1916) and the Tutsis (1994) remain largely unknown in comparison.
This is a pioneering work in the sense that the historiography of genocide has been until now concentrated on the executioners and their endeavors, or on the victims, but rarely on the actions of third parties in restraining the machine of murder.
The innovative character of this book continues with the comparison made between diverse responses to genocide.
Jacques Semelin is Director of Research at CNRS and a member of CERI (the Center of International Studies and Research at Sciences Po). He is a specialist in civil resistance (Confronting Hitler Unarmed, Payot, 1989) and in methods of genocide (Purify and Destroy, Seuil, 2005).
Claire Andrieu is a Professor at the University at Sciences Po Paris. She is a specialist in the history of the French resistance and its associations (The Common Program of the Resistance, Editions de l'Erudit, 1984; Dictionary of De Gaulle, Robert Laffont, 2006; For Love and Republic: the Jean Moulin Club, Fayard, 2002)
Sarah Gensburger earned her doctorate in sociology at the EHESS studying the category of the Righteous created by the State of Israel.