“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” – Elie Wiesel (born September 30, 1928), a Hungarian-born Jewish-American writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust survivor.
An elderly [Roma/Sinti] woman, a survivor of Auschwitz, with a tattooed forearm.
Hugh O’Flaherty was an Irish Catholic priest who saved about 4,000 Allied soldiers and Jews in Rome during World War II. O’Flaherty used his status as a priest and his protection by the Vatican to conceal 4000 escapees – Allied soldiers and Jews – in flats, farms and convents. Despite the Nazis desperately wanting to stop his actions, his protection by the Vatican prevented them officially arresting him. He saved the majority of Jews in Rome.
Jozef and Wiktoria Ulma, a Polish husband and wife, living in Markowa during the Nazi German occupation in World War II, were the Righteous who attempted to rescue Polish Jewish families by hiding them in their own home during the Holocaust. They and their six children (Wiktoria was also 9 month pregnant at the time) were summarily executed for doing so, along with the Jews they were hiding. Jozef was skilled photographer, he left many photographs of his family, some of them survived the war.