During the violent months preceding the liberation of Paris, Wake killed a German guard with a single karate chop to the neck, executed a women who had been spying for the Germans, shot her way out of roadblocks and biked 70 hours through perilous Nazi checkpoints to deliver radio codes for the Allies. And she was a New Zealander. In spite of Hitler she lives to be 98.
"I have lived through many wars & have lost everything many times - my husband, my mother & my beloved son. Yet life is beautiful& I have so much to learn & enjoy. I have no space nor time for pessimism & hate. I have had such a beautiful life. Life is beautiful, love is beautiful, nature & music are beautiful. Everything we experience is a gift, a present we should cherish & pass on to those we love". Alice Herz Sommer, pianist & survivor of Theresiensta..the world’s oldest Holocaust…
Simone Arnold-Leibster. When her parents were put into concentration camps for refusing to 'Heil Hitler', at the age of 11 she was arrested by juvenile authorities and put into a Nazi penitentiary home. For two years she was forbidden to talk and was forced to do hard labor. At the end of the war, she was reunited with her parents, rebuilt her life and went on to devote her life to teaching others the value of 'loving your enemies and praying for those persecuting you'.
Faith, church cat at Saint Augustine's Church, London. On September 6, 1940, Faith moved her single newborn kitten, Panda, from the warm upper floors of the church to the basement, just before the Germans began bombing the city. She and Panda were later rescued from the rubble by Father Henry Ross, and Faith was awarded a special medal for "steadfast courage in the Battle of London".
Mother Marie Skobtzova. Russian Orthodox Nun in France who helped Jews during the Holocaust. In July 1942 the Nazis rounded up thousands of Jews for deportation. Mother Maria managed to enter the stadium where they were being held, and with the help of garbage collectors, smuggled out several children in garbage bins. The Nazis soon warned her to stop helping Jews, but she did not listen. Mother Maria was arrested in February 1943 and sent to concentration camps, where she perished.
My hero: What he did was incredible. Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar. Born January 8, 1894 as Rajmund Kolbe, he was canonized as a saint by the Catholic Church in 1982 for taking a stranger’s place in the Auschwitz concentration camp. To the Catholic readers, this may not be a surprise, as he is the patron saint of drug addicts, political prisoners, families
Jimmy Stewart returns home to Indiana, Pennsylvania in 1945 from WWII after twenty combat missions, a Croix de Guerre and the Flying Cross. Stewart strolls down Indiana’s main street with his sister Mary and is soon promptly deluged with autograph seekers.