The Righteous Few is a remarkable true tale of courage, compassion, and rescue during the Holocaust. It is the story of a young married Christian couple, Frans and Mien Wijnakker, living in the Netherlands during World War II. When their country was under Nazi German occupation, they were firsthand witnesses to the horrific acts of violence inflicted upon thousands of innocent people, especially Jews. Refusing to sit back and do nothing, they chose to put their own lives at great risk by hiding their Jewish neighbors. By the end of the war, they had managed to save more than two dozen countrymen from certain death. Their heroism later earned them a special recognition of “Righteous Among the Nations” by Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center.
Frans and Mien were Catholics who led a simple life in the countryside of southeastern Holland. They had four small children of their own. But a simple yes in response to a call for help during a business trip to Amsterdam profoundly changed Frans’ and his wife’s lives. In a two-year period, they took many Jewish refugees into their own home and organized a rescue network that placed refugees in other people’s homes, as well. As their rescue work increased, so did the many risks and dangers associated with it. They faced one of their most difficult challenges when they took in a young pregnant Jewish woman and her husband. How do you help someone who has to give birth in hiding? Through this and many other stories, The Righteous Few draws a vivid picture of two extraordinary people who shined the light of hope during one of history’s darkest periods.
"Frans and Mien Wijnakker, a Dutch couple who willingly took Jewish people into their rural home to protect them from being consumed by the German death machine [during World War II]. This book is their story . . . it is a great story about courage in the face of great danger and potential death."—GoodReads.com - Charles Ashbacher
"Marty Brounstein is a gifted story weaver . . . the story is beautifully told and produces a profound sense of compassion in the reader . . . it is the passion of the author that creates the challenge in all of our minds to rise to the same qualities as the Wijnakker couple—the Christian Dutch couple of the book. Food for thought and inspiration to strive to the call Marty Brounstein signals. Highly recommended."—Grady Harp, top book reviewer
Marty Brounstein received his BA degree in Education and History from the National College of Education in Evanston, IL and his Masters in Industrial Relations from the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. Early in his career, Marty was an educator who taught history, including the Holocaust. Later, Marty ran a management consulting business for more than twenty-five years, specializing in leadership and organizational development with clients across many industries.
Through this work, he has been the author or contributing author of eight books related to business management, including Coaching and Mentoring for Dummies, Communicating Effectively for Dummies, and Managing Teams for Dummies. The stories he now writes tell of the often unknown heroes of the Holocaust. He travels extensively throughout the country speaking about the Holocaust, sharing accounts of individual bravery. Currently, Marty resides in San Mateo, California with his wife, Leah Baars, the daughter of Frans and Mien Wijnakker and the inspiration for this powerful work.