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People I Admire

People I Admire

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“We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.” - Victor Frankl

Bill & Melinda Gates, for their philanthropy

During WWII Myrna Loy abandoned her acting career to focus on the war effort and worked closely with the Red Cross. She toured frequently to raise war fonds, and was so outspokenly against Adolf Hitler that her name appeared on his blacklist.

Rose Valland, a woman of modest means, was the unlikely hero of the French cultural world. She was a longtime unpaid volunteer at the Jeu de Paume museum, adjacent to the Louvre, when the Nazi occupation of Paris began. An unassuming but determined woman with a forgettable bland style, she ingratiated herself with the Nazis at the Jeu de Paume and spied on their activities for the four years of their occupation. She had a pivotal impact on the discovery of looted works of art from France.

Erin Brockovich-exhaustive investigation uncovered that Pacific Gas & Electric had been poisoning the small town of Hinkley It was because of Erin’s unwavering tenacity that PG & E had been exposed for leaking toxic Chromium 6 into the ground water. In 1996, as a result of the largest direct action lawsuit of its kind, spear-headed by Erin and Ed Masry, the utility giant was forced to pay out the largest toxic tort injury settlement in US history: $333 million in damages.

Lauren Bush Lauren is the founder of FEED, a nonprofit targeted at feeding hungry children in third world countries. To date, FEED has been able to raise enough money through the sale of products to provide over 60 million school meals to children around the world.

Ellen DeGeneres - Every single episode of her show she helps people! She inspires people to be charitable. She gives money to people who need it and she gives so many gifts away... She is a very inspiring person and a lot of people look up to her . Ellen is also hilarious!

Pat Tillman ~ "Corporal Patrick Daniel 'Pat' Tillman (November 6, 1976 – April 22, 2004) was an American football player who left his professional career and enlisted in the United States Army in June 2002 in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks. He joined the Army Rangers and served several tours in combat before he died in the mountains of Afghanistan.

Actor afflicted with Parkinson's disease. Their is a foundation in his name, in which he is extremely active dedicated to the treatment and cure of Parkinson's.

Pearl Sydenstricker Buck (June 26, 1892 – March 6, 1973), also known by her Chinese name Sai Zhenzhu, was an American writer who spent most of her time until 1934 in China. Her novel The Good Earth was the best-selling fiction book in the U.S. in 1931 and 1932, and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932. In 1938, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, "for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces."

Pearl S. Buck - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

As penniless Jewish men arrived in search of work, Anna Shulman and others founded the Hebrew Sheltering Society. The Society provided kosher meals, a change of clothes, and lodging. 1931

Jewish Woman of the Day. June 4th - Hannah Szenes (July 17, 1921 – November 7, 1944) was one of 37Jews from Mandatory Palestine parachuted by the British Army into Yugoslavia during the Second World War to assist in the rescue of Hungarian Jews about to be deported to the German death camp at Auschwitz. Szenes was arrested at the Hungarian border, then imprisoned and tortured, but refused to reveal details of her mission. She was eventually tried and executed by firing squad.

Father Patrick Desbois is a Roman Catholic priest and head of the Commission for Relations with Judaism of the French Bishops' Conference. He has spent years searching for unmarked common graves in Ukraine, where over one million Jews were shot by the Nazis. His awards include the Medal of Valor by the Simon Wisenthal Center, the Humanitarian Award by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Jan Karski Award by the American Jewish Committee. He authored “Holocaust by Bullets” in 2008.

Pacelli, Pope Pius XII.Thousands of Jews — the figures run from 4,000 to 7,000 — were hidden, fed, clothed, and bedded in the 180 known places of refuge in Vatican City, churches and basilicas, Church administrative buildings, and parish houses. Unknown numbers of Jews were sheltered in Castel Gandolfo, the site of the Pope’s summer residence, private homes, hospitals, and nursing institutions; and the Pope took personal responsibility for the care of the children of Jews deported from Italy.”

pinner writes: Luis Martins de Souza Dantas Dantas served as Brazil’s ambassador to France during the Nazi occupation of Europe. In 1940, Dantas requested and received permission from the Brazilian foreign minister to issue immigration visas to a limited number of French citizens. Despite Brazil’s ban on immigration of Jews, he granted diplomatic visas to hundreds of Jews seeking to escape the Vichy regime, while taking great care to cover all evidence of their Jewishness.

Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973) was an American writer who spent most of her time until 1934 in China. Long before it was considered fashionable or politically safe to do so, Buck challenged the American public on topics such as racism, sex discrimination and the plight of the thousands of babies born to Asian women left behind and unwanted wherever American soldiers were based in Asia. During her life Buck combined the multiple careers of wife, mother, author, editor and political activist

Capt. John S. McCain III, U.S. Navy 1958-81 Vietnam War. A 1958 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, McCain served as an A-4 Skyhawk pilot, was shot down over N. Vietnam on his 23rd mission, and was held as a POW for 5 ½ years. He earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, and the Distinguished Flying Cross. U.S. Rep (R-AZ) 1982-87, U.S. Sen 1987-Present. Republican presidential nominee 2008.

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Dr. Temple Grandin, American doctor of animal science and professor at Colorado State University, bestselling author and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior. As a person with high-functioning autism, Grandin is also noted for her work in autism advocacy and is the inventor of the squeeze machine designed to calm hypersensitive people.

Sargent and Eunice Shriver. One gave us the Peace Corp, one gave us Special Olympics. That's leaving a legacy.

Michael J Fox is not just a favorite actor and a friend, but a tireless advocate for Parkinson's disease - true inspiration!

Johanna "Anne" Mansfield Sullivan Macy (1866 – 1936), also known as Annie Sullivan, was an American teacher best known as the instructor and companion of Helen Keller. Sullivan was born on April 14, 1866 in Feeding Hills, Massachusetts. Her parents' names were Thomas Sullivan and Alice Cloesy Sullivan and they were Irish immigrants who couldn't read and had little money. In 1874 her mother, Alice, died, probably of tuberculosis; after which Anne was sent to an almshouse, that today is Te...

Catherine Hubbard age 6. Her family asks for prayers...."We are greatly saddened by the loss of our beautiful daughter, Catherine Violet, and our thoughts and prayers are with the other families who have been affected by this tragedy," the family said in a statement. "We ask that you continue to pray for us and the other families who have experienced loss in this tragedy."

Noah Pozner, 6 The Pozner family got word late Friday afternoon that Noah, their 6-year-old son, was among the dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School, said Reuben Vabner, the father of Noah's elder siblings. Noah was bright and precocious. A memorial service was held Saturday as part of their synagogue's Shabbat service.

This is Victoria Soto. She died a hero. She hid her first graders in the cabinets and closets after hearing the gunfire. When the shooter came to her classroom, she told him that her students were in the gym. He then gunned her down and moved on. She saved the lives of all of her students. Please pass this on if you see it. She deserves to be remembered for her bravery.