Courageous Dissent: How Harry Bingham Defied His Government To Save Lives, by Robert Kim Bingham, paperback (good/very good condition)
In the moral void which engulfed the world, Harry Bingham was one of the few stars piercing the darkness
Thomas Mann. Max Ernst. Nobel Laureate Otto Meyrhof. Marc Chagall.
When the Gestapo knocked on doors in 1940, it was at the homes of the intelligentsia.
But one American Foreign Service consul's defiance of strict U.S. State Department mandates helped save these revered minds and thousands of innocent others during early, hellish years of World War II.
In his book Courageous Dissent, Robert Kim Bingham, Sr. gives a son's account of his father's extraordinary actions. Not only risking his career but his life, Hiram Bingham IV never hesitated to issue visas to refugees fleeing Adolf Hitler's bloodthirsty campaign.
Bingham, whose actions were posthumously honored by both the U.S. Postal Service with a commemorative stamp and by the U.S. State Department's "Constructive Dissent" award, was stationed in Marseilles, France when he began sheltering Jews in his villa, obtaining forged identity papers to help them in their dangerous journey across Europe. Bingham also worked with the French underground to smuggle Jews out of France into Spain or acrossthe Mediterranean, even contributing to their expenses out of his own pocket.
An unassuming man, Bingham rarely brought up his actions with any of his 11 children he had with his wife of 54 years, Rose. After his death, family members found thousands of letters and official documents attesting to his quiet heroism. Along with verbatim reprints of these documents in the appendices, Robert Kim Bingham has included a timeline of Bingham's involvement in France during his tenure there.