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 Australian.
Nancy Wake - Known as "The White Mouse" to Nazi agents, Wake was one of the most notorious members of the French Resistance, working on numerous sabotage operations and organizing more than 700 Resistance members into a guerilla fighting force. She was the Gestapo's most wanted spy, with a five-million-franc bounty on her head, and she once killed an SS sentry with her bare hands to prevent him from raising an alarm.
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.
Julia Child was an American spy during WWII for the Office of Strategic Services (precursor to CIA). #WWII#History. Nevertheless, she became a top secret researcher for the director of the OSS, the legendary William "Wild Bill" Donovan. And, later, she worked to reduce the threat of U-boats, the deadly Nazi submarines. Who would have guessed?
Maggie Brown - Most people will remember her from the Titanic movie, but according to our tour guide, she was quite as abrasive as Kathy Bates portrayed her. And she wasn't some backwater ignorant redneck. At the time of the Titanic sinking she spoke 6 languages and acted as a translator and advocate for the immigrant widows who survived the wreck.
Mary Elizabeth Browser - Spied for the Union Army. She was assigned to the household of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, who thought she was illiterate, but she actually had a photographic memory and memorized important dispatches.
Irena Sendler: we tell you the story of a Holocaust heroine
"If someone is drowning, you have to give them your hand. When the war started, all of Poland was drowning in a sea of blood, and those who were drowning the most were the Jews. And among the Jews, the worst off were the children. So I had to give them my hand." -Irene Sendler
Perhaps the most famous true love story from Titanic is that of Isidor and Rosalie Straus, who perished with the Titanic. Rosalie refused a lifeboat. Instead she turned to her husband and said, "We have lived together for many years. Where you go, I go."
Unknown Buchenwald concentration camp guard, beaten and hanged by the prisoners upon liberation of camp. One of the few who got what he deserved. The picture was taken by the American military photographer Elizabeth Miller.
Iva Ikuko Toguri D'Aquino, known as "Tokyo Rose", was an American citizen who participated in English-language propaganda broadcasts by Radio Tokyo to Allied soldiers in the South Pacific during World War II. At the end of the war, she was held for a year, released, and was subsequently charged with high treason and received a 10-year sentence. She was pardoned by President Ford in 1977 and died in 2006 at the age of 90.
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.
Freed slave who penned sarcastic letter to old master after he was asked back to farm pictured for first time
Jordan Anderson the Freed slave who penned sarcastic letter to old master in 1865, after he was asked back to farm, pictured for first time. You can't get this level of detail in the American newspapers anymore, you need to surf overseas to read American news. This is a remarkable story, shame most Americans won't know it to this degree.
The 'Unsinkable' Molly Brown - She survived the #Titanic in lifeboat number 6 and earned her nickname because she took control of the boat, kept the women rowing for seven hours and gave her furs to keep others warm.