Author

Amos N. Guiora is Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, the University of Utah and Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) in the Israel Defense Forces. He is actively involved in the effort to legislate Holocaust-Genocide education in Utah public schools.

Guiora has an A.B. in history from Kenyon College, a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and a Ph.D from Leiden University.

Guiora has published extensively both in the United States and Europe on issues related to national security, limits of interrogation, religion and terrorism, the limits of power, multiculturalism and human rights. He is the author of several books, including Freedom from Religion: Rights and National Security (2009) and Tolerating Intolerance: The Price of Protecting Extremism (2014).

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Note from the Author

This book reflects my efforts to both understand my parents’ Holocaust experiences and to honor their survival by focusing on the bystander’s culpability for their travails. My mother was a 12-year-child hiding in Budapest; my father was in a Labor Camp in Yugoslavia, liberated from a Death March by Yugoslavian partisans. The non-intervention of bystanders was a dominant theme in both situations.

In exploring bystander culpability, I was able to re-trace specific family events, including when my mother was taken to be shot and my grandparents were forced to walk from their home to the train station for deportation to Auschwitz. Those events serve as the “backbone” for the book and highlight the legal—not moral—question I pose.

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