Altruism:The Importance of Being Asked. The Rescue of Jews in Nazi Europe

May 1998 | 024

Authors: Federico Varese, Meir Yaish

The rescue of persecuted minorities - such as the Jews in Nazi occupied Europe -is seen in this paper as taking place in a peculiar market. In such a market rescuers face at least two dilemmas. Firstly, they might be willing to help but be uncertain how to go about rescuing. Secondly, they might be unsure over the nature of the request to help. To make a mistake and help wrong person could be very costly.

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