Denise Bloch:France 1916 – 1945 Born into a Jewish family in France, Denise was a British secret agent for the Special Operations Executive. Her family was rounded up by the Gestapo in 1942 during the French occupation. Soon after, she spent 10 months learning to parachute, be a wireless operator & other spy-like things. She was later dropped into central France where she sent 31 messages back to the SOE.
Eliane Plewman.Croix de Guerre and Kings Commendation for Bravery.b. Marseille 1917 - 13 Sept 1944 . SOE Agent (GABY) and French Resistance. In 1943 Plewman parachuted into France and joined a MONK network.She worked as a courier in the area of Marseilles, The network was betrayed in March 1944,and Plewman was arrested. On 13 May 1944 the Germans transferred her and three other SOE agents to prison at Karlsruhe and then to Dachau where she, Beekman, Damermant and Inayat Khan were executed.
Gisella Perl,a successful Jewish gynaecologist in Romania in the 1930s and 40s.She was taken to Auschwitz in 1944,where she treated women with kindness and compassion.She was asked to report all pregnant women to Josef Mengele- better known as the Angel of Death.When she discovered what was done to them (medical experimentation and torture,ending with often being thrown alive into the crematoriums)she vowed that there would never again be a pregnant woman in Aschwitz.So she began the…
"I am not ashamed of the court's verdict. On the contrary, I am proud to have saved the lives of hundreds of oppressed people. My assistance to Jews was rooted in my Christian world outlook… It was basically a question of saving human lives threatened with death. How could I then seriously consider bureaucratic schemes and calculations? " Paul Grüninger, Swiss border policeman who illegally allowed 3,600 desperate Jews entry to Switzerland. Lost his job and pension, died in poverty.