Protectors of Pluralism argues that local religious minorities are
more likely to save persecuted groups from purification campaigns.
Robert Braun utilizes a geo-referenced dataset of Jewish evasion in
the Netherlands and Belgium during the Holocaust to assess the
minority hypothesis. Spatial statistics and archival work reveal
that Protestants were more likely to rescue Jews in Catholic
regions of the Low Countries, while Catholics facilitated evasion
in Protestant areas. Post-war testimonies and secondary literature
demonstrate the importance of minority groups for rescue in other
countries during the Holocaust as well as other episodes of mass
violence, underlining how the local position of church communities
produces networks of assistance, rather than something inherent to
any religion itself. This book makes an important contribution to
the literature on political violence, social movements, altruism
and religion, applying a range of social science methodologies and
theories that shed new light on the Holocaust.
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