Active Goodness ISBN: 9788494754838, Kwill Books, an e-book by Edward Abel Smith.
The author has provided a remarkable “true story of how Trevor Chadwick, Doreen Warriner & Nicholas Winton rescued thousands from the Nazis.” And, following a direct quote from Winton, “There is a difference between passive goodness and active goodness. The latter is, in my opinion, the giving of one’s time and energy in the alleviation of pain and suffering. It entails going out, finding and helping those who are suffering and in danger and not merely leading an exemplary life, in a purely passive way of doing no wrong”, he embarks upon a minutely detailed description of the horrendous job assumed and brought to fruition by these courageous and self-sacrificing individuals. Most interestingly, and quite lacking frequently in similar stories, is the ‘closure’ offered to the reader in the concluding chapters by providing the subsequent activities of the protagonists as well as that of many of their ‘saved ones’. The mechanics of presentation actually are quite scholarly in that biographical details are set forth in a fairly straightforward manner supported by a large number of references. Simultaneously however, the author has managed to present the protagonists and many of the other characters in a manner that makes them ‘come alive’ so considerable empathy is engendered within the reader. A few proofing errors do not interfere with the flow of the tale.
Conclusion: The substance of this book perhaps is most succinctly described by A, Mann: “To pity distress is but human; to relieve it is Godlike.” Specifically, it presents historical interlocking biographies of somewhat disparate individuals in an authentic, yet remarkably empathetic presentation aficanados most certainly will enjoy.
5* Empathetically presented historical interlocking biographies of remarkable individuals.