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Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg: The executor of "Operation Valkyrie," July 20th, 1944, the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, who survived the attempt. Many more in numbers, than that of the conspirator-patriots, lost their lives in the aftermath. It iis a good thing to remember that there are times when, in the wake of any tyrant's despotism, it is heard that 'nothing can be done,' at least a few try to do something. Even failure is better than 'nothing.'

Chiune Sugihara. This man saved 6000 Jews. He was a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania. When the Nazis began rounding up Jews, Sugihara risked his life to start issuing unlawful travel visas to Jews. He hand-wrote them 18 hrs a day. The day his consulate closed and he had to evacuate, witnesses claim he was STILL writing visas and throwing from the train as he pulled away. He saved 6000 lives. The world didn't know what he'd done until Israel honored him in 1985, the year before he died.

On the 70th Anniversary of the Execution of Sophie Scholl, 22 February 1943 - Sophie Scholl was a German woman executed by the Nazis for distributing anti-Nazi pamphlets. Prison officials, in later describing the scene, emphasized the courage with which she walked to her execution. Her last words were: "How can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to offer themselves up individually for a righteous cause? Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go."

Kim Phuc was pictured in a world-famous and iconic photograph from the Vietnam war, running naked from an airborne attack, horribly burned with napalm, in June of 1972. Since then, Kim has found peace, and a message she can offer, borne of her suffering. She runs The Kim Foundation International, and she acts as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNESCO. She has transformed into a viable, visible symbol of peace and hope. Hers is an important story of resilience, courage, and forgiveness.

Ilse Weber. A Czech singer and poet, Ilse, along with her son and husband, was sent to the Thereseinstadt Concentration camp by the Nazis. She willingly followed her husband when he was transferred to Auschwitz, hoping to keep her family together. When her young son, Tommy, was sent to the gas chamber with other children, she voluntarily accompanied them, softly singing a lullaby she had written to keep them calm. The immensely beautiful song is called Wiegala. Her husband survived.

No words needed.

An East German soldier helping a boy cross the newly formed ‘Berlin Wall,’ 1961. The boy was found on the opposite side of the wall from his family. Despite given orders by the East German government to let no one pass, the soldier helped the boy through the barbwire.

Birkenau Concentration Camp Complex, Oswiecim, Poland. This is the mug shot photograph of a young girl named Krystyna Trzesniewska that was taken by the SS at the Birkenau Concentration Camp in Oswiecim, Poland. Krystyna was a 13 year old Polish Jew who arrived at Birkenau via the infamous "Gates of Death" on December 13, 1942. You can see that she has been crying and has fear, sadness, and desperation in her eyes.

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.

On Sep 13, 1944, a princess from India lay dead at Dachau concentration camp. She had been tortured by the Nazis, then shot in the head. Her name was Noor Inayat Khan. The Germans knew her only as Nora Baker, a British spy who had gone into occupied France using the code name Madeline. She carried her transmitter from safe house to safe house with the Gestapo trailing her, providing communications for her Resistance unit.

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.

Tatsuo Osako, a naval officer from Chiba, Japan has been named "The Japanese Schindler" by many historians. He, along with several colleagues, were responsible for transporting thousands of Jewish citizens from German-occupied territories to safety. Although Japan had an alliance with the Nazis during the war, their government did not adhere to the racial policies being advocated by Hitler and his officials, and men like Osako were credited with having saved hundreds of people from the clutches

Corrie ten Boom. Author of "The Hiding Place". The ten Boom family were a strong Christian family who hid Jews during the holocaust. They were ultimately caught and sent to prison and concentration camps.

Orli Wald was a member of the German Resistance in Nazi Germany. She was arrested in 1936 and charged with high treason, whereupon she served four and a half years in a women's prison, followed by "protective custody" in Nazi concentration camps until 1945, when she escaped. She was a prisoner functionary in the infirmary at Auschwitz-Birkenau and because of her helpfulness to Jewish and other prisoners, was called the "Angel of Auschwitz".

Clare Barton - I may be compelled to face danger, but I never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight I can stand and feed and nurse them.

Heros

Never Forget 911

PHOTO BY Michael Yon for TIME Magazine: A U.S. Army soldier comforts a child fatally wounded by a car bomb blast in Mosul, 225 miles northwest of Baghdad.

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'.

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

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.

Élise Rivet was the Mother Superior at the convent of “Notre Dame de Compassion”, where she not only hid refugees from the gestapo, but also used the convent to stash some weapons & ammunition for the resistance. She was eventually caught in March of 1944 & sentenced to hard labor at Ravensbrück concentration camp. About a year later, Élise was murdered along with thousands of others just weeks before the war ended.

It is important to be reminded that our wants are much less important than our needs and the needs of others.

Remembering 9/11 - 11 years later

she stayed with her horse for 3 hours, holding his head above the rising tide while being rescued. now that's true love