Mordecai Paldiel

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Mordecai Paldiel born Markus Wajsfeld (March 10, 1937, Antwerp, Belgium)[1] is a lecturer at Stern College (Yeshiva University)[2] and Queens College in New York. He received a B.A. from Hebrew University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion and Holocaust Studies from Temple University in Philadelphia. Paldiel is the former Director (1984-2007) of the Department of the Righteous Among the Nations at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. He has written several books devoted to the subject including The Path of the Righteous: Gentile Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust published in 1993 by the KTAV Publishing House.[3]

Paldiel was born into a Hassidic family of Szlomo Wajsfeld, a diamond trader originally from Miechów near Kraków and Hinde née Labin from Uhnow (now Ukraine) as one of their five children before World War II. Thanks to a Catholic Priest who was able to smuggle them across the border,[3] the family fled from Nazi occupied Belgium via France to Switzerland in 1940 when he was 3 years old.[1] Later after the war the family emigrated to New York.[4]


  • Mordecai Paldiel (1982), Secular Dualism: The 'religious' Nature of Hitler's Antisemitism, Temple University
  • Mordecai Paldiel (1992), כל המקיים נפש אחת: חסידי אומות העולם וייחודם University of Michigan
  • Mordecai Paldiel (1993), The Path of the Righteous: Gentile Rescuers of Jews .., ISBN 0881253766
  • Mordecai Paldiel (1996), Sheltering the Jews: stories of Holocaust rescuers, ISBN 0800628977
  • Mordecai Paldiel (2006), Churches and the Holocaust: Unholy Teaching .., ISBN 088125908X
  • Mordecai Paldiel (2007), Diplomat Heroes of the Holocaust, ISBN 0881259098
  • Mordecai Paldiel (2007), The righteous among the nations, ISBN 0061151122
  • Mordecai Paldiel (2011), Saving the Jews: Men and Women who Defied the Final Solution, ISBN 1589797345 .[5]
  • Mordecai Paldiel (2017), Saving One's Own: Jewish Rescuers During the Holocaust, ISBN 0827612974


  1. ^ a b Credit: courtesy of Dr. Mordechai Paldiel (2014). "Markus Wajsfeld, now Mordechai Paldiel: Portrait of a Jewish refugee child from Belgium". Photo Archives. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Portugal and the Jewish Refugee Crisis of World War II". Notes on lecturers. Center for Jewish History. November 3, 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  3. ^ a b J.F.R. (2014). "Mordecai Paldiel". Stories of Rescue. The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, New York, NY. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Mordecai Paldiel, mini Bio". Holocaust Survivors and Remembrance Project. NatureQuest Publications, I Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  5. ^ "In author: Mordecai Paldiel". Google Books. 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2014.