Title

Threnody

Document Type

Honors Project

Abstract

Vera Anholt thinks of herself simply as a gentile with a conscience. But as a rescuer of Jews during World War II--and, later, the second wife of a Holocaust survivor--Vera faces choices and consequences that are anything but simple. She confronts the moral ambiguities inherent in even her seemingly noble role, the reality of lasting trauma stacked against hope for redemption, and the question of whether her actions ultimately make a difference. This honors thesis, which is also a "song of mourning," explores an overwhelming historical tragedy through the lens of a fictional couple's shared--and unshared--struggles.

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