"This book is a personal quest, personal journey, and a personal history."—Jewish Book World

“This is an exceptional story of one man’s bravery and compassion in a world where six million Jews were murdered.”—Booklist

A poignant and powerful story. . . . [Good’s] portrait is vivid; his questions compelling. His answers only deepen the mystery of goodness and its meaning in our age.”—Michael Berenbaum, Director, The Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust, Los Angeles

When The Search for Major Plagge was published, the world finally learned about a unique hero—and about one American doctor’s extraordinary journey to tell Karl Plagge’s story.

Part detective story, part personal quest, Michael Good’s book is the story of the German commander of a Lithuanian work camp who saved hundreds of Jewish lives in the Vilna ghetto —including the life of Good’s mother, Pearl. Who was this enigmatic officer Pearl Good had spoken of so often?

After five years of research—interviewing survivors, assembling a team that could work to open German files untouched for fifty years, following every lead he could, Good was able to uncover the amazing tale of one man’s remarkable courage. And in April 2005 Karl Plagge joined Oskar Schindler and 380 other Germans as a “Righteous among Nations,” honored by the State of Israel for protecting and saving Jewish lives during the Holocaust.

This expanded edition features new photographs and a new epilogue on the impact of the discovery of Karl Plagge—especially the story of 83-year-old Alfons von Deschwanden, who, after fifty years of silence, came forward as a veteran of Plagge’s unit. His testimony is now part of this growing witness to truth.

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In this profoundly innovative book, Ashon T. Crawley engages a wide range of critical paradigms from black studies, queer theory, and sound studies to theology, continental philosophy, and performance studies to theorize the ways in which alternative or “otherwise” modes of existence can serve as disruptions against the marginalization of and violence against minoritarian lifeworlds and possibilities for flourishing.

Crucified Wisdom is the first systematic discussion of the bodhissatva path in Māhayāna Buddhism from a Christian perspective, providing historical context and a constructive proposal for Christian engagement.

A stunning collection of one writer’s beginnings. DeSalvo reframes and revises memoiristic essays that were the seeds of longer collections, to reveal her true power as a memoirist: the ability to dig ever deeper for personal and political truths that illuminate what it means to be a woman, a child of Italian immigrants, a writer, and a scholar.

Midden is a poetic excavation of loss, a carving of the landscape of memory, and a reckoning with and tribute to the ghosts we carry and step over, often without our even knowing it.