It was Samuel Oliner's own childhood and his experience of the Holocaust that led him, a distinguished sociologist, into his programme of research. Born of Jewish Polish parents, he was himself rescued from death and eventually brought by charitable institutions to England, then to the USA, where he became a US citizen and later a Professor of Sociology. Not unnaturally he taught courses on the Holocaust and the immediate stimulant for revealing and studying rescues arose after a lecture when a student in tears asked "Didn't anything decent happen? Is that all there was?". Oliner was sharply reminded of his own childhood rescue, and of others well known to him. He reflected that the rescuers "deserved their place in history" to help create a balanced account and an honouring of humanitarianism. Thus the Altruistic Personality Project was born.To make these personal and moving testimonies more widely available, the theatre director and playwright Wilfred Harrison chose, with Professor Oliner's help, a hundred stories (from nearly 800 rescuers' transcripts) and from these created a powerful interweaving of memories of both rescuers and rescued from a wide range of countries.