From research for my novels I know many stories of people who rescued their Jewish neighbors--or strangers--from the Holocaust. What has struck me the most about them is that they were not heroes. They were simply people who were willing to be neighbors to their fellow human beings, before it became clear they were being mass-murdered--because when it was clear, it was too late.
I feel that these stories are relevant for our time, because true neighbors are what we desperately need. (Read my post on this here.) So I am writing them up one by one for you to read. I pray that they can offer a tiny fraction of the courage and light these people offered.
A list of the stories in the order they were posted:
She opened her door: Magda Trocmé
Those people on welfare: the Brès
A stolen telegram and a hundred children: the Vénissieux rescue
Pierre Piton: Boy Scout and Jew smuggler
Varian Fry, the American who saved refugees
The border people: refugee-smugglers of WWII and today
From teenage Jewish refugee to anti-Nazi saboteur: Peter Feigl
Refuge, forgery and resistance: the Barraud family and their daughter Gabrielle