Monday, April 9, 2007
Going to be shot for one Jew, might as well hide more
"There was also a rational calculation which supported doing more. As LaFontaine and other rescuers point out, the punishment ‘was the same for small and large illegal acts. Some rescuers figured that as long as they were going to be shot for hiding one Jew, they might as well hide more. Dutch rescuer Wilto Schortinghuis and his wife began by agreeing to a request from a friend that they hide a Jewish doctor and his wife. Soon, a Jewish nurse from the psychiatric hospital where Schortinghuis’s wife worked asked if they would harbor her and her two brothers. “‘If we could have two,’ Wilto said, ‘we could have four or six,’ “Marie Schortinghuis recalled. “The risks were the same.” "