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Resistance: WWII

Marie-Claude Vaillant-Couturier (1912-1996) was a member of the resistance until 1942 when she was arrested, and sent first to Birkenau on 24 Jan 1943, then Ravensbruck. Marie-Claude remained at Ravensbruck even after the war, caring for the sick until the last POW left. Her powerful testimony at Nuremberg was devastating to the defence. Afterward, she slowly walked past the Nazis, looked each one in the eye, effectively unnerving them. Most bowed their heads; others, unrepentant, did not.

FILE PHOTO shows Helena Kapustova and saved Jewish girl Elizabeth Singer in 1945. 88-year old Slovak citizen Helena Kapustova, who saved Jewish girl Elizabeth Singer during the WW II, received Israeli order Yad Vashem or Righteous Among The Nations on February 2, 2011 in Bratislava, Slovakia. (Photo by Kapustova Family Files/SME/isifa/Getty Images)

Madeleine Dreyfus (1909–1987) worked to smuggle Jewish children to safety within German-occupied France from 1941 until she was arrested by the Gestapo in November, 1943. She was deported to Bergen-Belsen, where she was liberated in May 1945. In 1947 she was awarded the Médaille de la Resistance.

Miep Gies, one of the Dutch citizens who hid Anne Frank, her family and several family friends in an attic annex above Anne's father's place of business from the Nazis during World War II. "I am not a hero. I just did what any decent person would have done."

Miep Gies :: Youth

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Rudolf "Rudi" Vrba (b. Walter Rosenburg, 11 September 1924 – 27 March 2006) was a professor of pharmacology at the University of British Columbia. Originally from Topoľčany, Slovakia, he is known for his escape, aged 19, from Auschwitz concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War 2, and for providing some of the earliest, and most detailed, information about the mass murder that was taking place there.

A little-known English nun who helped to hide Italian Jews from the Nazis in wartime Rome is being considered as a possible saint. Mother Ricarda Beauchamp Hambrough is credited with playing a vital role in saving the lives of more than 60 Jews by smuggling them into her convent.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, noted theologian, dissident anti-Nazi, and founding member of the Confessing Church. He strongly opposed Hitler's euthanasia program and the genocidal persecution of the Jews. He was arrested in April 1943 by the Gestapo and executed by hanging in April 1945 while imprisoned at the Flossenburg concentration camp, just 23 days before the German surrender.

nesbit: Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

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The Bielski brothers,True Heroes! three Jewish brothers who saved 1200 Jews, by hiding in the forest for 2 years. Made into a film called ''Defiance'' starring Daniel Craig in 2010 #History #WWII

Khaled Abdul-Wahab (1911–1997) was a Tunisian man who saved several Jewish families from Nazi persecution during the Second World War. He was the first Arab nominated for "Righteous Among the Nations"

Khaled Abdul-Wahab - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Boruch Spiegel, in 1939 at the age of 19, who was one of the last surviving members of the Jewish resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto. Mr. Spiegel was on guard duty and gave the signal to attack the German army as they came liquidate the ghetto in April 1943. The ghetto residents antagonized the Nazis for 28 days. Mr. Spiegel escaped to safety and joined the Polish resistance. He died on May 7, 2013 at the age of 93.

Obit of the Day: Started the Warsaw Ghetto... • Obit of the Day

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Tina Strobos, famous woman of the Dutch resistance who sheltered more than 100 Jews during the Holocaust, recently passed away at the age of 91. She risked her own life for total strangers. She found ingenious ways to forge travel documents. She let carpenters build hidden rooms in her own house. She was arrested multiple times and survived all the interrogations. Her house was searched multiple times. “ I believed in the sacredness of life.”

In 1940, knowing that France was falling into the hands of the Germans, the workers of the Louvre took action. All 400,000 works were evacuated and sent to the south of France. In secret they transported the priceless paintings and statues, and held by wealthy families in Vichy,where they would remain for five years, only returning at the end of the war.The workers without a doubt saved the masterpieces from becoming part of the over 5 million works that were looted by the Nazis during the war.

One of the few known photographs of French partisans being executed by soldiers of the Waffen-SS.

Once Upon a Time in War

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"Zunia Shtrom, a Jewish partisan from the Kovno Ghetto."

Once Upon a Time in War

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Dr. Adelaide "Heidi" Hautval of Strasbourg, France was arrested by the Nazis. Sent to Auschwitz, she witnessed the medical experiments and refused to participate. Transported to Ravensbruck, she again refused to participate in experiments. When the doctor said that Jews were different, she said, “In this camp, many people are different from me. You, for example.” She saved many lives by hiding the condemned as patients and stayed at the camp with Mme Vaillant-Couturier post war to care for sick.

A group portrait of some of the instigators of the Sobibor concentration camp uprising. On October 14, 1943, the prisoners of the camp attacked and disabled every single one of their prison guards at once - over 300 were able to escape.

History & Overview of Sobibor | Jewish Virtual Library

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Tsar Boris III - Under King Boris III, Bulgaria was the only nation in Europe to save its entire Jewish population during the Holocaust. Boris was one of the few world leaders who defied Hitler face to face during the war, refusing multiple times to deliver his Jewish citizens beyond the borders of his kingdom. Saved the lives of over 50,000 Bulgarian Jews.

Tsar Boris III - Unifier and Savior of the Bulgarian Jews

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WILHELM HOSENFELD (German army officer, helped to hide and rescue several Polish Jews in Nazi occupied Poland, most remembered for helping Polish-Jewish pianist and composer Władysław Szpilman to survive, hid in the ruins of Warsaw during the last months of 1944, captured and died in Soviet captivity in 1952 from injuries sustained during torture)

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Revenge at Birkenau: Jewish dancer and actress shoots SS man Schillinger fatally and injures SS man Emmerich on 10/23/43 in the undressing room of crematorium II before she and her fellow women were to be gassed. She did a strip tease in front of the lecherous Schillinger in order to distract him and grab his gun. She shot both men after successfully grabbing it.

Revenge at Birkenau

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Finland-World War II, some 242,000 women join Lotta-Svard (named for fictional Finnish battlefield heroine), making the female paramilitary group the largest volunteer organization in the world.

Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish architect, businessman, diplomat, humanitarian. He rescued tens of thousands to one hundred thousand Jews in Nazi occupied Hungary by issuing protective passports and sheltering Jews in buildings designated as Swedish territory. He died in a Soviet prison in 1947. Monuments have been dedicated to and streets named after him.

Irene Gut Opdyke - Polish Righteous Among the Nations (awarded in 1982) (hid many Jews) Click link for more information.

Tina Strobos, famous woman of the Dutch resistance who sheltered more than 100 Jews during the Holocaust, recently passed away at the age of 91. She risked her own life for total strangers. She found ingenious ways to forge travel documents. She let carpenters build hidden rooms in her own house. She was arrested multiple times and survived all the interrogations. Her house was searched multiple times. “I never believed in God,” she said, “but I believed in the sacredness of life.”

Countess Karolina Lanckorońska (1898-2002) was a Polish World War II resistance fighter, historian and art historian. As member of Polish resistance she was arrested, interrogated, tortured, tried and sentenced to death at Stanisławów prison. Thanks to her family connections, she wasn't executed but was instead sent to the Ravensbrück concentration camp. Immediately after release in 1945, she wrote her war memoirs. Source: Wikipedia.

Jan Lipke, a dock worker from Riga, witnessed the mobile killing units at work in the Riga ghetto. He then decided to help as many Jews as possible to escape and took a job at a firm where Jews from the ghetto worked as forced laborers. Of the 40,000 Jews from Riga not even a hundred were alive at the liberation. Of these, 42 had been saved by Jan Lipke. WWII