When Light Pierced the Darkness:
Christian Rescue of Jews in Nazi-Occupied Poland
"To read When Light Pierced the Darkness is to encounter the Holocaust anew from a unique and bewildering angle."
"Not only is Tec's book the first thorough treatment of the subject, but it is also charged with poignancy that only a survivor can summon."
"Tec offers valuable new insights into why certain individuals rose to the heights of human altruism in a milieu marked by human cruelty and barbarism."
"What is unusual about this book is that it both emphasizes Polish rescue efforts and reveals ubiquitous hostility towards Jews. The strongest points of the book derive from the author's personal knowledge of what it meant to be a Jew in Nazi-occupied Poland."
—The New York Times
"Are the names of those who harbored Anne Frank known to many? In the literature of the Holocaust, little is known about such selfless protectors. Tec's masterful study presents evidence about the characteristics of people apt to risk their lives for others."
The Story of a Lost Childhood
"A sensitive memoir of the Holocaust years."
—The New York Times Book Review
"Distinguished by fine psychological insights and the restraint with which she relates her experience. A moving book."
"A tale of bravery, sadness, and terror."
In the Lion's Den:
The Life of Oswald Rufeisen
"Nechama Tec has a good eye for detail. She illuminates the Russian partisan movement and its connection to the Jewish resistance fighters. The portrait of Oswald Rufeisen that emerges from In the Lion's Den is that of a humanist still desperately searching for a way to fathom the Holocaust."
—New York Times Book Review
"One of the thousands of Jews who survived the Holocaust by disguising themselves as gentiles, Oswald Rufeisen, the subject of In the Lion's Den, may have been the most resourceful... a fascinating and
conscientiously researched account."
—New York Review of Books
"Rufeisen's story is extraordinary, especially as recreated by Tec."
The Story of the Largest Armed Rescue of Jews by Jews during WWII
(now a major motion picture directed by Edward Zwick, starring Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell. Released by Paramount Vantage. To read David Denby's New Yorker review of the film, click here.)
"Defiance is an accomplished and startling work of Holocaust documentation... [Tec] has assembled [the partisans'] vivid firsthand testimony into a comprehensive study of a long-neglected aspect of the Holocaust."