The Search for Major Plagge: The Nazi Who Saved Jews

Michael Good
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By – November 11, 2011

Most Nazis were con­sid­ered part of the mur­der process. Karl Plagge, a Nazi who saved hun­dreds of Jews, was the exception. 

Plagge was head of a work camp in Vil­na, the cap­i­tal of Lithua­nia. While in charge of the facil­i­ty he did his best to keep as many Jews alive as possible. 

One of the Jews he saved was the moth­er of author Michael Good. This book is a per­son­al quest, per­son­al jour­ney, and a per­son­al his­to­ry. And it is com­pelling. This book is not just a his­to­ry, it is a mys­tery. How could such a fig­ure as Karl Plagge exist? Sim­ply put, Plagge believed that it was his respon­si­bil­i­ty to help, even though by help­ing Jews he endan­gered his own life and the lives of his entire staff. 

This ver­sion of The Search For Major Plagge is an expand­ed edi­tion. It con­tains new details and mate­r­i­al gath­ered from one of Plagge’s under­lings who described in detail the dai­ly hap­pen­ings in the work camp. 

Mic­ah D. Halpern is a colum­nist and a social and polit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor. He is the author of What You Need To Know About: Ter­ror, and main­tains The Mic­ah Report at www​.mic​ah​halpern​.com.

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