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The author of a book called “Rescuers: Portraits of Holocaust survivors” interviewed 105 people who had harbored fugitive Jews in their homes despite the danger to them and their families.

A Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut found that many of the rescuers had a history of doing good deeds before the war – some visiting people in the hospital, others, collecting books for poor students, still others taking care of stray animals. “They just got into the habit of doing good. If they hadn’t perceived that pattern as natural they might have been paralyzed into inaction.” – They did what came naturally.