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Remembering the Rescuers of Victims of Human Rights Crimes in Latin America

Edited by Marcia Esparza and Carla De Ycaza - Contributions by Stephanie Alfaro; Jeffrey Blustein; Pascale Bonnefoy; Roddy Brett; Jessica Casiro; Isabel de León Olivares; Jenny Escobar; Marcia Esparza; Zachary D. McKiernan; Christopher Ney; Miriam Rodriguez; Maribel Rivas-Vasconcelos; Kristy Sanandres and Angie Tamayo

This book explores the significance of remembering the rescuers denouncing human rights crimes as well as protecting and sheltering targeted victims—including the dead—during the Cold War state violence in Latin America. In light of newly unearthed archival evidence, testimonial memories, and the continued mobilization of human rights groups to preserve Cold War memory, this timely book moves beyond the victim-perpetrator dichotomy and its discursive studies to focus on those whose moral courage and righteous acts were beacons of hope in the midst of extreme violence. Remembering Latin American “righteousness,” a term used in Holocaust literature, is important in recognizing that those who resisted human rights violations and protected victims yesterday are those who often keep the collective memory of that past alive today. « less more »
Lexington Books
Pages: 218Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/2
978-1-4985-3326-3 • Hardback • December 2016 • $85.00 • (£54.95)
978-1-4985-3327-0 • eBook • December 2016 • $80.00 • (£52.95)
Marcia Esparza is sociologist and associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. She is the Founder and Co-Director of the Historical Memory Project (HMP).

Carla De Ycaza teaches at the Center for Global Affairs at New York University and serves as editor of Dialogues on Historical Justice and Memory Network at Columbia University.
Marcia Esparza and Zachary McKiernan
Christopher Ney
Pascale Bonnefoy
Marcia Esparza, Stephanie Alfaro and Kristy Sanandres
Roddy Brett
Isabel de León Olivares, Maribel Rivas-Vasconcelos and Miriam Rodriguez
Jenny Escobar and Angie Tamayo
Jessica Casiro
Jeffrey Blustein
About the Contributors and Editors
The least noticed aspect of genocide is the courageous resistance that is often put up to save the victims. This collection shows how victims were helped during Cold War violence in Latin American countries including Guatemala, El Salvador, Argentina, Chile and Colombia. The rich exploration of historical cases enhances our general understanding of "rescue", showing that it is not just a matter of bystander intervention but of solidarity among victims. This is an important collection that deserves a wide readership.
Martin Shaw, emeritus, University of Sussex

A much-needed and relevant collection of essays on a rarely studied topic—rescuers of human rights violations in Cold War Latin America. Who were the rescuers and how and why did they risk their lives to save others? By examining cases arising in a number of national contexts, the volume provides a valuable contribution to previous discussions about the figure of the “rescuer” and the political and moral duty to remember that have long characterized Holocaust studies. It explores the tension between a historically and geographically broader reading of acts of humanity on one hand, and concrete historical contexts on the other, delivering hopeful and inspiring insights.
Nina Schneider, Global South Study Center (GSSC), University of Cologne