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Who Betrayed The Jews?


27 January 2016 marked International Holocaust Memorial Day, and the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Although the atrocities of the Holocaust move one more year further back in time, the stories of those who lived and died under the Third Reich are as clear today as ever, as is the need to reflect on the past and make changes for the future.

The History Press author and historian Agnes Grunwald-Spier has a very personal connection to the Holocaust. She was born in Budapest in July 1944. A man saved them from deportation to Auschwitz - and her almost certain death. Instead, she and her mother were sent to the Budapest ghetto in November, where they suffered greatly but survived. Her grandfather died at Auschwitz. 

Agnes became a founder-trustee of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, and was recently awarded an MBE for her ‘services to the Jewish community and Holocaust awareness.’ She holds a degree in History & Politics and an MA in Holocaust Studies. Agnes was a member of the Board of Deputies of British Jews for 15 years, a member of the Architects’ Registration Board and a Justice of the Peace for 30 years. 

Listen to Agnes Grunwald-Spiers' personal story of Holocaust survival:

In her first book, The Other Schindlers, which sold over 13,000 copies worldwide, Agnes Grunwald-Spier delved into remarkable stories of heroic self-sacrifice, friendship and compassion. 

‘In my life time I have read some 300+ books about the Holocaust. I can unequivocally say that Agnes Grunwald-Spier’s The Other Schindlers is one of the best Holocaust books I have read in the last few years. Superbly researched, beautifully written, Ms. Grunwald-Spier brings vividly to life the stories of some the people who risked everything to help Jews when everyone else could seemingly care less. This is a book to cherish and one to be consulted repeatedly in the years to come.’ - Anthony Anderson, Holocaust Studies Librarian, University of Southern California

‘Agnes Grunwald-Spier has written that rarest of works, a book about the Holocaust that lifts the spirit and shows us beyond possibility of doubt that individuals can make a difference, take a stand against evil, and rescue for all time a vestige of faith in our common humanity. By telling the story of those who saved lives often at the risk of their own, she has given us a most moving series of vignettes of unselfconscious courage to inspire us, should the time ever come again, to defeat hate in the name of our shared fate.’ - Former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

In her most recent book, Who Betrayed The Jews?, Agnes Grunwald-Spier turns her research to the treacheries — where betrayal for twisted ideals, for profit, or for saving one’s own skin occurred across Europe. Read an excerpt from Who Betrayed The Jews? and learn why author Agnes Grunwald-Spier wanted to write this heartbreaking yet important book. 

Seventy-one years after the end of the Holocaust it is not enough to sing the praises of the heroes who risked everything for their fellow men. This account, one of shocking treachery, venomous hatred, and fearful bystanding makes us contemplate what we would do, and, perhaps more importantly, what we can do now in light of current genocides and wars across the globe.

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