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In this essay, Dara Horn probed the life of the almost-unknown Varian Fry, rescuer of famous Jewish persons from Nazi Europe. Not only did Horn explore Fry's life, his heroic rescue of more than 2,000 Jewish "priests" of Europe's high culture, and his neglect years later by those saved, she also revisited questions regarding the nature of evil and the people who fight evil: what "oddity" in Varian Fry drove him to rescue people unrelated to his life? Why do world cultures seem to value their shiny cultural achievements over goodness? Horn emphasizes the need for all of us to value the prophets of basic human decency: the Ezekiels, the people who see and try to stop (in their small brave ways) approaching evil.
A wonderfully told story about an American Saint (frail and broken) who risked his life for the people and ideas he loved.