In this book, law professor Amos Guiora provides a persuasive argument for the creation of a new law one that compels bystanders to intervene or face criminal punishment There are, of course, factors of the new law that make it reasonable than any single sentence could Professor Guiora s argument is well thought out and clearly articulated At times it felt like there was some fluff, but overall the book tracked well and got to the point without meandering too far. The author is a lawyer, and can t seem to escape a lawyerly approach to his book on the role of bystanders in the holocaust He also can t stay on topic, as he brings in other examples of bystanders failing to aid victims during crimes I think this book was cathartic for the author, as his parents and grandparents were survivors and victims, respectively, of the holocaust, and he seems haunted by the circumstances of their persecution That issue is why I was interested in the book and picked it up Other than passing laws to require providing aid, the author has no solutions to offer to the problem Sadly, there are too many echos of the situation America today I m thinking of ICE deportations, and situations like Charlottesville The current political climate promotes the us versus them and outsider mentality that emboldens people to victimize others e.g numerous reports of go back to where you came from The Burke quote that all that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing applies and accuses today. Poet Edward Yashinsky Fear only the indifferent who permit the killers and betrayers to walk safely on the earth Interestingly, Amos Guiora, is a Professor of Law at the University of Utah He s also a Lieutenant Colonel Ret in the Israel Defense Forces His parents survived the Holocaust his grandparents did not In this book he discusses how the Holocaust happened and explores current crimes when the victim was harmed because a bystander did nothing to intervene or call 911 for help He believes that legislation is needed to compel bystanders to do the right thing and intervene when witnessing a crime I admit, in the beginning, this did seem a bit excessive However, I found his argument compelling and the proposed legislation very reasonable Any person at the scene of an emergency who knows that another person is exposed to or has suffered grave physical harm, shall, to the extent that the person can do so without danger or peril to self or others, give reasonable assistance to the exposed person Reasonable assistance may include obtaining or attempting to obtain aid from law enforcement or medical personnel A person who violates this section shall be fined not that 500 I believe most of us will choose to intervene, to help, to offer assistance, to call 911 instead of looking the other way or ignoring the situation However, there are some who need a law to compel them to do the right thing This example solidified the concept for me and I support legislation It is from a horrific gang rape case at Vanderbilt University in 2013 The bystander Mack Prioleau , a fellow football player, pretended to be asleep on the upper bunk while the victim was raped, sodomized an otherwise violated for over thirty minutes He testified that he knew exactly what was going on but failed to intervene because the situation made him uncomfortable.he was not charged with any crime , nor was he suspended from the university Unbelievable.So I did some research If other witnesses are present, people are less likely to help a victim This is called the Bystander Effect To rephrase, the greater the number of bystanders, the less likely it is that one of them will help Wikipedia Only 10 states have duty to act legislation California, Florida, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.Last year in 2018, the Utah legislature failed to pass a duty to assist bill sponsored by Rep Brian King I m incredibly disappointed. This was frustrating to read I am intrigued by the example of the bystander in the Holocaust how does the bystander who is not directly victimized act morally in opposition to the immoral acts of the state This question is difficult and relevant, and the answer necessarily exists outside the legal system of that state.However, that question is not addressed in this book Somehow, this author reflects on the Holocaust and concludes that there is a legal solution to the bystander problem the bystander must call the police This thesis makes his extremely justified criticism of the Holocaust bystanders sound and ridiculous Don t be a bystander Call theSS I m mad at this book for making a criticism of bystanders in the Holocaust sound ridiculous There is no reflection on the limitations of the criminal justice system, on the findings of books like The New Jim Crow and the effects of increased criminalization, like the War on Drugs, on marginalized communities There is no evidence presented that imposing criminal liability for bystanders who fail to contact the police will prevent violent crimes or necessarily help the victims.The only effects of the proposed legislation that seem certain to me are 1 that our high incarceration rate would increase and 2 that ordinary citizens and residents would feel pressure to err on the side of initiating police involvement Which sounds like the next generation of German history. The author needed a good editor to make this book readable and reduce the redundancy. Thought provoking Compelling. Good theory and ideas Not well written Redundant an scattered. If You Are A Bystander And Witness A Crime, Should Intervention To Prevent That Crime Be A Legal Obligation Or Is Moral Responsibility Enough Amos Guiora Addresses These Profoundly Important Questions And The Bystander Victim Relationship From A Deeply Personal And Legal Perspective, Focusing On The Holocaust And Then Exploring Cases In Contemporary SocietySharing The Experiences Of His Parents, Who Were Holocaust Survivors, And His Grandparents, Who Did Not Survive, And Drawing On A Wide Range Of Historical Material And Interviews, Guiora Examines The Bystander During Three Distinct Events Death Marches, The German Occupation Of Holland, And The German Occupation Of Hungary He Explains That While The Third Reich Created Policy, Its Implementation Was Dependent On Bystander Non InterventionBringing The Issue Of Intervention Into Current Perspective, He Examines Sexual Assault Cases At Vanderbilt And Stanford Universities, As Well As Other Crimes Where Bystanders Chose Whether Or Not To Intervene, And The Resulting ConsequencesAfter Examining The Intensely Personal Example Of His Own Parents Survival Of The Holocaust, Guiora Asserts That A Society Cannot Rely On Morals And Compassion Alone In Determining Our Obligation To Help Another In Danger It Is Ultimately, He Concludes, A Legal Issue According To Guiora, We Must Make The Obligation To Intervene The Law, And Thus Non Intervention A Crime Extremely thought provoking. As a U Alum, I receive their periodical magazines, and saw a blurb about this book I had to read it This was essentially a 200 page persuasive essay and I found it thought provoking, engrossing, and compelling Mr Guiora is careful to consider what naysayers would say about his proposal criminalizing bystanders that don t notify the authorities when a victim is in danger The Holocaust was a fascinating and frightening context for which the book was laid out I found my natural curiosity of people and their experiences allowing me to really enjoy this book Sometimes I forget I had a minor in political science and that I really love the concepts of politics, if not the politics themselves This is recommended for similar law loving nerds like myself.
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