"Aristides de Sousa Mendes was Portugal’s consul-general in Bordeaux, France, in May of 1940. He was torn by the plight of Jewish families gathered outside his consulate hoping for safe transit visas that would take them to neutral Portugal. He handed out hundreds until his government expressly demanded he stop. “I choose to stand with God against man than with man against God,” he declared, defiantly handing out thousands more visas. For his efforts, he was stripped of his diplomatic career…

"Aristides de Sousa Mendes was Portugal’s consul-general in Bordeaux, France, in May of 1940. He was torn by the plight of Jewish families gathered outside his consulate hoping for safe transit visas that would take them to neutral Portugal. He handed out hundreds until his government expressly demanded he stop. “I choose to stand with God against man than with man against God,” he declared, defiantly handing out thousands more visas. For his efforts, he was stripped of his diplomatic career…

Sting:  "When you reach a certain age, you realize that life is finite. You can be depressed by that, or you can say, 'I'm going to appreciate every minute to its maximum potential."

Sting: "When you reach a certain age, you realize that life is finite. You can be depressed by that, or you can say, 'I'm going to appreciate every minute to its maximum potential."

Manal al-Sharif, principal campaigner for women's rights in Saudi Arabia

Manal al-Sharif, principal campaigner for women's rights in Saudi Arabia

Georg Hansen was hung for his part in the failed 20 July 1944 conspiracy against Hitler

Georg Hansen was hung for his part in the failed 20 July 1944 conspiracy against Hitler

Irena Sendler smuggled some 2,500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto and then provided them with false identity documents and with housing outside the Ghetto, saving those children during the Holocaust.[5]

Irena Sendler smuggled some 2,500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto and then provided them with false identity documents and with housing outside the Ghetto, saving those children during the Holocaust.[5]

Georg Ferdinand Duckwitz was a German member of the Nazi party who worked as a special envoy to Nazi occupied Denmark. Risking his career, Duckwitz made a secret visit to neutral Sweden where he convinced Prime Minister Per Albin Hansson to allow Danish Jewish refugees to escape to Sweden. Over 6,000 Jews were ferried secretly to Sweden in boats.

Georg Ferdinand Duckwitz was a German member of the Nazi party who worked as a special envoy to Nazi occupied Denmark. Risking his career, Duckwitz made a secret visit to neutral Sweden where he convinced Prime Minister Per Albin Hansson to allow Danish Jewish refugees to escape to Sweden. Over 6,000 Jews were ferried secretly to Sweden in boats.

King Zog of Albania ordered his consulates in Europe to issue visas to any Jews seeking escape and told his border police to let any Jewish refugees in without asking questions.  He personally intervened to save several Jewish families.

King Zog of Albania ordered his consulates in Europe to issue visas to any Jews seeking escape and told his border police to let any Jewish refugees in without asking questions. He personally intervened to save several Jewish families.

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