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Virtues of courage, compassion, work, friendship — these must be taught, say Bill Bennett, Elayne Bennett

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One of the most popular and significant moral primers of our time has returned this fall in a new and updated 30th anniversary edition — just in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

The editors and authors, William J. Bennett and Elayne Glover Bennett, spoke to Fox News Digital exclusively in a joint phone interview a couple of days ago about “The Book of Virtues: 30th Anniversary Edition.”

They revealed how much they believe the lessons they share on courage, compassion, work, honesty, friendship, faith and more are needed today, perhaps even more than they were needed 30 years ago. 

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Said William Bennett of American society in 2022, “Politics has so overwhelmed us today that we sometimes forget there are things that are even more important than that — such as the raising of children. We thought it was time to renew that idea with this book.”

Yet “we didn’t just want to put out the book again,” he said. “We have new stories, new selections added to this edition. And we kept in what we think is the best.”

William Bennett and his wife Elayne Glover Bennett have issued a new and updated edition of their best-selling book, "The Book of Virtues: 30th Anniversary Edition" (Simon and Schuster). The book is out this month. 

William Bennett and his wife Elayne Glover Bennett have issued a new and updated edition of their best-selling book, “The Book of Virtues: 30th Anniversary Edition” (Simon and Schuster). The book is out this month. 
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He also said, “If we needed it then [in 1993], we need it even more now.” 

He noted that 30% of the material in the 30th anniversary edition is new and different from the original book. 

Elayne Bennett said it’s key for parents to have “a collection they can go to. Often there’s the teachable moment, when parents feel their child has done something notably wrong. And they’re trying to think of a way to teach the child, instead of saying, ‘No, don’t do that,’ or, ‘Oh, that’s bad.'”

“There’s the teachable moment, when parents feel their child has done something notably wrong. And they’re trying to think of a way to teach the child.” — Elayne G. Bennett to Fox News Digital

Rather than fritter away a teachable moment by using negative or ineffective language, parents can instead reclaim their role as their children’s first teachers and go “larger” than just the child’s particular action at hand, the Bennetts stress.

With this book, “they have a resource — and can say instead, ‘Let’s read some stories from the section on work and the value of work, or on compassion and why it’s important, or on friendship and what it means to be a good friend,'” said Elayne Bennett.

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The authors are themselves the parents of two grown sons and the grandparents of a grandson named William. They’ve spent their lives devoted to the values they share.

William Bennett, the author and editor of more than 25 books, served as secretary of education and chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities under President Ronald Reagan. He was also director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President George H.W. Bush. 

Bill Bennett and Elayne Bennett, shown in a personal photo they shared with Fox News Digital, discussed the creation and content of their new book, "The Book of Virtues: 30th Anniversary Edition," out this month. 

Bill Bennett and Elayne Bennett, shown in a personal photo they shared with Fox News Digital, discussed the creation and content of their new book, “The Book of Virtues: 30th Anniversary Edition,” out this month. 
(Elayne G. Bennett )

Bill Bennett is a respected voice on cultural, educational and political issues and is the Washington Fellow of the American Strategy Group (amstrategy.org). He is a Fox News contributor. 

Elayne Bennett, a longtime educator, is founder and president of the Best Friends Foundation and author of a core curriculum that targets bullying, drug abuse and violence prevention. The curriculum emphasizes character development for kids in kindergarten up through high school.

She’s in her 35th year of teaching it and today works primarily in schools in Washington, D.C. (bestfriendsfoundation.org).  

“I don’t think we talk enough about the value of work, the reward of work and the pleasure that comes with the notion of a job well done.” — Bill Bennett to Fox News Digital

Bill Bennett said about work — one of the book’s 10 themed chapters — “These stories are needed now more than ever. My friend Nick Eberstadt at AEI [American Enterprise Institute] points out there are seven million men aged 25-55 who are able-bodied and unemployed — and not looking for work. A lot of them are spending time watching the screen in their house, and there’s a lot of opioid use.”

And “they’re not working,” he emphasized. 

Said Bill Bennett in a new interview with Fox News Digital,

Said Bill Bennett in a new interview with Fox News Digital, “We need to renew” the emphasis on work among today’s young people — because “if we don’t teach them, they may not learn it in this world on their own.”
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“This is a complicated set of issues,” he said. “But one of the issues is — and I just spoke to the Republican governors about this — I don’t think we talk enough about the value of work, the reward of work and the pleasure that comes with the notion of a job well done.”

He mentioned the importance of “that feeling that you’ve done something good. And it’s finished, and you did it. And I’m not sure we’re talking to children and young people about that, and even less so today than we did 30 years ago, from the statistics.”

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Each chapter of the book “begins with a very simple set of things — and the stories then get deeper and more complex,” he said. 

In the chapter on work, the Bennetts kick off with “The Little Red Hen” and “The Ants and the Grasshopper” (one of Aesop’s Fables). Eventually, after other stories and selections, comes the text of the speech, “In Praise of the Strenuous Life” by Theodore Roosevelt. 

“The world always changes, but virtues do not.” — Bill Bennett in his new book

Teddy Roosevelt gave this well-known and still-popular speech in 1899, shortly after he became governor of New York. 

He warned fellow citizens against standing “idly by” in the face of new challenges and instead urged others, “It is only through strife, through hard and dangerous endeavor, that we shall ultimately win the goal of true national greatness.”

"The Book of Virtues: 30th Anniversary Edition" goes on sale Nov. 29, 2022, but can be preordered now. Writes Bill Bennett in a new introduction, "Without some moral certitudes, all the liberty in the world will rarely bring happiness … The world always changes, but virtues do not."

“The Book of Virtues: 30th Anniversary Edition” goes on sale Nov. 29, 2022, but can be preordered now. Writes Bill Bennett in a new introduction, “Without some moral certitudes, all the liberty in the world will rarely bring happiness … The world always changes, but virtues do not.”
(Simon & Schuster)

Said Bill Bennett about the selections in the work chapter, “We share the value and importance of work. We need to renew that emphasis” among today’s young people, he said — because “if we don’t teach them, they may not learn it in this world on their own.”

Instead, he said, “they could get by with government subventions or the support of others. It’s bad for men in particular not to work,” he added. 

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By the way, “it’s not that we’re inventing the wheel here,” said Bill Bennett. “We are reminding people of these points. We were touched the last time around, Elayne and I, by how many people wrote to us and said, ‘Oh, I never heard that story before.’ We have to take into account illiteracy today and what’s being taught” in the schools or by the parents — or not being taught, he said.

Elayne Bennett said about the book’s chapter on friendship and the selections within this theme, “Friendship has been at the core of my work.” 

“We have to take into account illiteracy today and what’s being taught.” — Bill Bennett to Fox News Digital

She said her husband was the one who shared with her Aristotle’s quote about friendship — “that the best kind of friend to have is that person who makes you a better person. And that is our credo.”

Elayne Bennett right now is teaching this concept to young kids in Washington, D.C., about what it means to be a friend, the couple both said.

The Bennetts are shown during a Family Research Council dinner. Bill Bennett said of his wife's work in Washington, D.C., among students of all ages,

The Bennetts are shown during a Family Research Council dinner. Bill Bennett said of his wife’s work in Washington, D.C., among students of all ages, “She’s encouraging them to make the right decisions about friends and discouraging them from making the wrong decisions.”
(Suzanne Bowdey)

“She’s encouraging them to make the right decisions about friends and discouraging them from making the wrong decisions,” said Bill Bennett of his wife.

Elayne Bennett stressed the book’s inclusion of the remarkable story of Helen Keller’s teacher, Anne Sullivan — and that “there is no friendship more sacred than that between student and teacher.” 

And “I think we forget that,” said Elayne Bennett. Students can tell when the best teachers show their care and dedication — “there are real gems,” she added.

“Knowing who Helen Keller is — it’s part of being literate.” — Elayne Bennett to Fox News Digital

One of the greatest examples of the student-teacher bond is the story of how Anne Sullivan changed Helen Keller’s life by teaching the young girl — blind, deaf and mute due to an illness as a small child — to connect with and understand the world around her through sign language. 

“Helen Keller grew up to be a great woman,” as the Bennetts share in their book.

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“She devoted her life to helping people who could not see or hear. She worked hard, wrote books, and traveled across the seas. Everywhere she went, she brought people courage and hope. Presidents and kings greeted her and the whole world grew to love her. A childhood that had begun in darkness and loneliness turned into life of much light and joy.”

“And the most important day in my life,” Helen Keller said, “was the day my teacher came to me.”

Added Elayne Bennett, “Knowing who Helen Keller is — it’s part of being literate. Knowing who Father Flanagan is — the man who founded Boys Town [in Nebraska in 1917] — this is part of being a literate person, too,” she said.

Bill Bennett said parents today need to with something.””>

Bill Bennett said parents today need to “limit [their kids’] screen time. Limitations and rules” are important, he said — “but you also have to fight something with something.”
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“So is knowing the phrase, ‘He ain’t heavy. He’s my brother.’ The magnitude and meaning of that phrase — and the emotion it conveys — every child should know that phrase and where it came from,” she said.

The Bennetts also commented on the enormous amount of time that so many kids today in America (and around the world) spend on screens — and that excessive screen time can’t teach the key character traits of honesty, compassion, friendship, loyalty and more. 

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Parents need to “limit screen time,” said Bill Bennett. “Limitations and rules” are important, he said. “But you also have to fight something with something. Our boys, when they were growing up, went to sleep with the stories in ‘The Book of Virtues.’”

“Wordsworth said, ‘What we have loved, others will love, and we will teach them how.’ So if you read to your kids, they, too, will develop an interest in reading.” — Bill Bennett to Fox News Digital

Said Bill Bennett, “Wordsworth said, ‘What we have loved, others will love, and we will teach them how.’ So if you read to your kids, they, too, will develop an interest in reading,” added Bennett.

“The Book of Virtues,” first published in 1993, has sold nearly three million copies since publication, according to publisher Simon & Schuster. 

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It draws on the Bible, American history, Greek mythology, English poetry, fairy tales and modern fiction to share with children (and people of any age, really) the many virtuous paths to follow — and the paths they should avoid as well.

The Bennetts’ new updated edition also includes stories about and references to more recent history. People such as Mother Teresa, Colin Powell, the heroes of 9/11 and the heroes of the War in Afghanistan are also included among the examples of American culture, history and traditions. 

“A human being without faith, without reverence for anything, is a human being morally adrift.” — Bill Bennett and Elayne Bennett in their new book

Among many other lessons, the couple share that when responsibility is instilled in children, they learn to take charge of themselves and their conduct — and own up to their actions. 

The Bennetts say parents must have clear and consistent expectations so that children can learn responsibility from practices such as household chores, homework, extracurricular activities and after-school jobs.

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They also stress faith — another one of the book’s chapter themes. 

“Faith is a source of discipline and power and meaning in the lives of the faithful of any major religious creed,” they write. “It is a potent force in human experience. A shared faith binds people together in ways that cannot be duplicated by any other means.”  

The Bennetts also write, “A human being without faith, without reverence for anything, is a human being morally adrift.”

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On this day in history, Jan. 28, 1986, space shuttle Challenger explodes, shocking the nation

On this day in history, Jan. 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger — scheduled for a routine launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida — exploded after just 73 seconds in flight, killing all seven Americans on board.

The disaster shocked the nation — and led to an immediate pause in the space shuttle program.

The cause of the disaster was found to be the failure of the primary and secondary redundant O-ring seals in a joint in the shuttle’s right solid rocket booster (SRB).

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While the mission on that fateful day in 1986 was supposed to be like any other routine mission, unusually cold temperatures caused the external tank to explode seconds into takeoff — causing the orbiter to disintegrate and the spacecraft to explode, according to NASA. 

The space shuttle Challenger lifts off on Jan. 28, 1986. Carrying seven crew members, including teacher Christa McAuliffe, Challenger exploded just 73 seconds into its launch — killing all on board. 

The space shuttle Challenger lifts off on Jan. 28, 1986. Carrying seven crew members, including teacher Christa McAuliffe, Challenger exploded just 73 seconds into its launch — killing all on board. 
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In addition to highly experienced astronauts, the Challenger carried a special passenger on board: teacher Christa McAuliffe. 

She was a social studies teacher from Concord, New Hampshire, chosen from among 10,000 others who applied to be the first private citizen in space, according to Britannica. 

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In her application, McAuliffe said she would keep a journal about her experience — and would include sections about her training, the flight experience and her feelings about returning to Earth.

One of the reasons McAuliffe was chosen, apparently, was her teaching experience — and the way she would be able to connect with children across the country. 

This November 1985 file provided by NASA shows the crew of the U.S space shuttle Challenger. Front row, from left: astronauts Mike Smith, Dick Scobee, Ron McNair; back row, from left: Ellison Onizuka, schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe, Greg Jarvis and Judith Resnik.

This November 1985 file provided by NASA shows the crew of the U.S space shuttle Challenger. Front row, from left: astronauts Mike Smith, Dick Scobee, Ron McNair; back row, from left: Ellison Onizuka, schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe, Greg Jarvis and Judith Resnik.
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And that is why, on the day of the launch, scores of students in schools across the country watched as a teacher launched into space for the first time ever. 

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It was unfortunate timing for young children to watch this particular launch — something President Reagan was worried about when he was deciding how to address Americans later that evening.

Leading up to Challenger

Americans had been visiting space for decades before that — the first time in 1961, with U.S. Navy test pilot Alan Shepard. 

Shepard was the second man in space following the Soviet Union’s Yuri Gagarin just a mere weeks before. 

By 1969, space travel had progressed to visiting the moon — something the U.S. successfully completed with Apollo 11 that year.

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However, with this success, Americans began to fear the government was spending too much on space, according to NASA. 

A reusable manned spacecraft then became a focus by the Nixon administration, and the space shuttle program was born.

Christa McAuliffe (1948-1986), wearing a blue NASA jumpsuit, smiles in a studio portrait while holding a model of a space shuttle at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, on Sept. 26, 1985. She was the first private citizen to go into space on the shuttle.

Christa McAuliffe (1948-1986), wearing a blue NASA jumpsuit, smiles in a studio portrait while holding a model of a space shuttle at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, on Sept. 26, 1985. She was the first private citizen to go into space on the shuttle.
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The Challenger’s first mission was in April 1983 — and it quickly became one of the most popular spacecrafts to be used in the following three years, according to NASA.

The annual State of the Union address for early 1986 had been scheduled to take place on the evening of the Challenger’s launch — but given the tragedy, President Reagan chose to delay the address by a week. 

“The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave.”

Instead, that night, Reagan did address the nation but from the familiar Oval Office instead. 

President Reagan addresses the nation about the Challenger shuttle disaster, on Jan. 28, 1986, from the Oval Office of the White House.  

President Reagan addresses the nation about the Challenger shuttle disaster, on Jan. 28, 1986, from the Oval Office of the White House.  
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Reagan began by saying, “Ladies and gentlemen, I’d planned to speak to you tonight to report on the State of the Union, but the events of earlier today have led me to change those plans.”

He went on, “Today is a day for mourning and remembering. Nancy and I are pained to the core by the tragedy of the shuttle Challenger. We know we share this pain with all of the people of our country. This is truly a national loss.”

Mandana Marsh holds her daughter, Molly, 4, as they watched TV coverage hours after the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger inside their home in Concord, New Hampshire, on Jan. 28, 1986. When her mother explained what happened, young Molly asked,

Mandana Marsh holds her daughter, Molly, 4, as they watched TV coverage hours after the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger inside their home in Concord, New Hampshire, on Jan. 28, 1986. When her mother explained what happened, young Molly asked, “Can’t Christa swim?” 
(Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

In his speech, Reagan also expressed a willingness to remain steadfast in the pursuit of space flight — but also, he focused on the families of those who were aboard the Challenger and on the children who were watching the flight from their classrooms or homes.

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“I know it is hard to understand, but sometimes painful things like this happen,” Reagan told the country that night.

“The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave,” Reagan also said.

“The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future — and we’ll continue to follow them.”

On this day in history, Jan. 28, 1986, the Challenger spacecraft exploded — killing all seven passengers aboard. That evening, President Reagan addressed the nation from the Oval Office about the tragedy.  

On this day in history, Jan. 28, 1986, the Challenger spacecraft exploded — killing all seven passengers aboard. That evening, President Reagan addressed the nation from the Oval Office about the tragedy.  
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The next mission launch was over two-and-a half years later, in September 1988 — named the “Return to Flight” mission. 

The mission lasted for four days and included 64 orbits around the planet.

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It ended with a successful landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California, according to NASA. 

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JCPenney partners with shelters to help senior dogs like Kofi of Texas find a home

JCPenney is partnering with local shelters around the country to help adoptable senior dogs find their forever homes. 

The large retailer is taking its well-known JCPenney-style portraits of the dogs — so that interested adopters can step forward to help animals in need. 

Kofi is a spaniel mix at the Dallas Pets Alive organization in Dallas, Texas — and he desperately needs a home.

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Kofi is looking for a forever home where he could spend the last chapter of his life. 

He is well-behaved and considered docile — fully content with just sitting quieting next to his new owner, according to the organization.

Kofi is a senior spaniel mix who weighs about 35 pounds. He needs a forever home.

Kofi is a senior spaniel mix who weighs about 35 pounds. He needs a forever home.
(JCPenney Portraits by Lifetouch)

Kofi has a black-and-gold coloring and his fur is said to be silky soft — making him an easy dog to keep petting. 

He weighs roughly 35 pounds and enjoys going on walks, Fox News Digital is told.

“We’re excited to give the senior dogs in these shelters their chance to shine.”

He also gets along well with others — so having other pets or children in the house could be good for him. 

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Kofi is spayed, neutered, microchipped and up-to-date on all vaccines. 

JCPenney is partnering with local shelters around the country to help adoptable senior dogs find their forever homes. 

JCPenney is partnering with local shelters around the country to help adoptable senior dogs find their forever homes. 
(JCPenney Portraits by Lifetouch)

He is just one of the many dogs featured in JCPenney’s new campaign about shelter dogs and JCPenney Portraits by Lifetouch. 

Bill Cunningham, JCPenney’s vice president of marketing strategy, said the occasion is special for many reasons. 

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“We’re excited to give the senior dogs in these shelters, who are often less likely to be adopted, their chance to shine and encourage customers to get involved with their local communities to change a pet’s life for the better,” Cunningham said in a media statement. 

Kofi is located at Dallas Pets Alive, an organization in Dallas, Texas. 

Kofi is located at Dallas Pets Alive, an organization in Dallas, Texas. 
(JCPenney Portraits by Lifetouch)

The partnership runs from Jan. 24 through Feb. 28. 

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Those interested can visit JCP.com to see new adoptable pets … and some adorable portraits. 

JCPenney is partnering with local shelters across the country to try to help senior adoptable dogs find homes. 

JCPenney is partnering with local shelters across the country to try to help senior adoptable dogs find homes. 
(JCPenney Portraits by Lifetouch)

JCPenney will also be donating $1,000 to each of the 10 shelters it’s partnered with to help animals find homes.

The shelters are located in 10 different cities around the country: Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Miami, Orlando, Philadelphia and Phoenix. 

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For more information on Kofi, anyone interested can visit dallaspetsalive.org or email adopt@dallaspetsalive.org.

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They risked their lives for others: Author Richard Hurowitz remembers unsung heroes of the Holocaust

January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, designated as such by the United Nations. 

Why this date?  

On this date in history, Jan. 27, 1945, the infamous Nazi German slave labor and death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, was liberated by the Soviet army.

The day recalls the killing of six million Jews as well as millions of other people by the Nazi regime and collaborators.

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But there are scores of interconnected stories as well.

“During the Holocaust,” wrote Richard Hurowitz in a recent essay in The Wall Street Journal, “citizens from Denmark to Greece protected their Jewish neighbors from the Nazis by standing together.”

Richard Hurowitz's new book is

Richard Hurowitz’s new book is “In the Garden of the Righteous: The Heroes Who Risked Their Lives to Save Jews During the Holocaust.”
(Richard Hurowitz/Donna Newman)

Most of these heroic individuals were and are still largely unknown. 

Remembering the horrors of war — and chronicling how brave people, in the face of fear, brutality and cruelty, stood up for other human beings even when their own lives were on the line — is the job of historians, authors, journalists and others who believe the truth needs to be passed along to new generations.

“In the Garden of the Righteous” pays tribute to those who risked everything for others.

In this spirit, writer and investor Richard Hurowitz has just released a new book, “In the Garden of the Righteous: The Heroes Who Risked Their Lives to Save Jews During the Holocaust” (HarperCollins), which pays tribute to those who risked their very existence to help others in trouble.

Among them are Adolf and Maria Althoff, who hid Jewish acrobatic performers in plain sight from the Nazis — and Italian cycling champion Gino Bartali, who faked long-distance practice runs to sneak forged identity papers that saved hundreds of people.

Hurowitz, based in New York, is publisher of The Octavian Report, a quarterly “journal of ideas.” He is chief executive officer of Octavian and Company LLC, an investment firm.

Just ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Fox News Digital posed three questions to the author.

‘An under-covered topic’

Fox News Digital: Why did you write this book now? 

Richard Hurowitz: Rescue during the Holocaust and the courage of those who risked their lives to save Jews and others is an extremely under-covered topic — yet people find it enormously inspirational.  

Oskar Schindler and Raoul Wallenberg are well known, but beyond those two archetypes very few rescuers have gotten the acclaim they deserve.  

Author Richard Hurowitz told Fox News Digital that his new book "grew out of several profiles I wrote for newspapers of individual rescuers — and the response was extraordinary."

Author Richard Hurowitz told Fox News Digital that his new book “grew out of several profiles I wrote for newspapers of individual rescuers — and the response was extraordinary.”
(Courtesy Richard Hurowitz)

Some of the people rescued in my book were or went on to have enormous impact on the world — from the physicist Niels Bohr to the artist Mark Chagall to many members of royalty — while most were ordinary refugees.  

The book grew out of several profiles I wrote for newspapers of individual rescuers — and the response was extraordinary. 

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I think people are looking for stories of inspiration and courage during our own difficult times. 

At a time of rising bigotry, anti-Semitism, polarization and conflict, I think these stories are extremely timely.

‘I hope people are inspired’

Fox News Digital: If you wanted readers to have one memorable takeaway from your book, what would it be?

Hurowitz: I hope people are inspired by these stories and learn about some of history’s forgotten heroes. 

And I hope they are inspired and remember that there is good in the world and that everyone can make a difference.  

It is not just in times of utmost peril like the Second World War

Indeed, we can avoid our society heading in that direction by standing up for the values of compassion, kindness and tolerance.  

There were even communities in Europe during the war — such as Denmark or the village of Le Chambon in France — where the entire group stood together against the Nazis. And were able to save almost all their Jewish neighbors.  

So I hope the book is a message of hope — and [that it] offers lessons on how we can make our world a better place.

‘Rescues echo down through the generations’

Fox News Digital: What stays with you in terms of reporting and writing the book?

Hurowitz: I have had the profound experience, when I’ve written about rescuers, to hear from people I personally know who are alive today because their family was saved by them. 

Rescues echoes down through the generations. 

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There are possibly one million people alive today because of the 10 rescues profiled in the book. 

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And at least some of [these people] many of us probably know — and some of them have themselves done extraordinary things that would have been lost to us had it not been for courage eight decades ago.

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