Mordecai Paldiel

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Mordecai Paldiel born Markus Wajsfeld (March 10, 1937, Antwerp, Belgium)[1] is a lecturer at Stern College (Yeshiva University)[2] and Queens College in New York. He received a B.A. from Hebrew University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion and Holocaust Studies from Temple University in Philadelphia. Paldiel is the former Director of the Department of the Righteous at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. He has written several books devoted to the subject including The Path of the Righteous: Gentile Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust published in 1993 by the KTAV Publishing House.[3]

Paldiel was born into a Hassidic family of Szlomo Wajsfeld, a diamond trader originally from Miechów near Kraków and Hinde née Labin from Uhnow (now Ukraine) as one of their five children before World War II. Thanks to a Catholic Priest who was able to smuggle them across the border,[3] the family fled from Nazi occupied Belgium via France to Switzerland in 1940 when he was 3 years old.[1] Later after the war the family emigrated to New York.[4]


  • Mordecai Paldiel (1982), Secular Dualism: The 'religious' Nature of Hitler's Antisemitism, Temple University
  • Mordecai Paldiel (1992), כל המקיים נפש אחת: חסידי אומות העולם וייחודם University of Michigan
  • Mordecai Paldiel (1993), The Path of the Righteous: Gentile Rescuers of Jews .., ISBN 0881253766
  • Mordecai Paldiel (1996), Sheltering the Jews: stories of Holocaust rescuers, ISBN 0800628977
  • Mordecai Paldiel (2006), Churches and the Holocaust: Unholy Teaching .., ISBN 088125908X
  • Mordecai Paldiel (2007), Diplomat Heroes of the Holocaust, ISBN 0881259098
  • Mordecai Paldiel (2007), The righteous among the nations, ISBN 0061151122
  • Mordecai Paldiel (2011), Saving the Jews: Men and Women who Defied the Final Solution, ISBN 1589797345 .[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Credit: courtesy of Dr. Mordechai Paldiel (2014). "Markus Wajsfeld, now Mordechai Paldiel: Portrait of a Jewish refugee child from Belgium". Photo Archives. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  2. "Portugal and the Jewish Refugee Crisis of World War II". Notes on lecturers. Center for Jewish History. November 3, 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.F.R. (2014). "Mordecai Paldiel". Stories of Rescue. The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, New York, NY. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  4. "Mordecai Paldiel, mini Bio". Holocaust Survivors and Remembrance Project. NatureQuest Publications, I Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  5. "In author: Mordecai Paldiel". Google Books. 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2014.