This is probably the only recorded story to emerge from the Holocaust of a close and intimate collaboration between Polish diplomats (mainly in Switzerland, but also in other countries) and Jewish rescue activists that led to a major effort to rescue thousands of Jews, and succeeded in saving certainly many hundreds and perhaps even more. The major rescuers in this story, headed by Aleksander Ładoś, need to be acknowledged, praised and made universally known.
How exactly did the Bulgarian people save the Jews? During the last 12 years I had made lots of interviews, gathered a rich archive of documents and books, went to Israel to try to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Other research teams are also working on the topic. However, in 2021 the Bulgarian and world community continue to be bombarded with the cliché that "the Bulgarian people, the church and Peshev saved the Jews." This is a half-truth, and every half-truth is a whole lie“ as said Benjamin Arditi’s son from Holon
Most rescuers when asked what prompted them to respond positively to the call for help find it hard to come up with reasonable explanations. None quote statements by the world’s great philosophers, but simply state that it was the most natural thing for them to do, to help out a fleeing Jew, or the Jew’s entire family.
There was a mystery in my family, my uncle Ettore, Ettore Barzini, my father's brother, who died in Mauthausen. No one had ever told us about him, there was no photo, no trace, we didn't even know why he had been deported. So, as a boy, I had fantasized about him. Who was this uncle?
Two new names have been recently added to the long list of Righteous individuals honoured in Israel’s Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem: Stefania and Jan Buchala. A story of courage and kindness that wouldn’t differ too much from that of other thousands of exemplary figures remembered in Jerusalem if it weren’t for the fact that the kid they saved happened to become the well-known film director Roman Polanski.
The recognition of the Rosenstrasse Protest on The European Day of the Righteous is a primary milestone. It lays a foundation for giving their due to the brave German women who risked their lives on the street by publicly uniting themselves with the fate of Jews who were marked for death by the yellow star. By Nathan Stoltzfus
On Tuesday 28th May at Johann-Friedrich-von-Cotta-Schule high school in Stuttgart, we inaugurated the first Garden of the Righteous in Germany by planting a tree in honour of Julius Baumann, an extraordinary personality of the world of sports who sacrificed his life to give dignity and joy to Jewish children during Nazism.
Passing away at age 96 of father Giovanni Barbareschi, founder of OSCAR, priest and "rebel for love". “Youths, fall in love with freedom. Only this way you become men and women”. These were his amazing and moving words as he was honoured as a Righteous at the Garden of the Righteous Worldwide of Milan on 6 March 2014.
The exhibition of the Holocaust Museum of Washington, Americans and the Holocaust, describes the behavior of the American people regarding the Holocaust, focusing in particular on the faults, and the moments in which they could have stepped in to help the victims. Despite this, though, it also tells us about rescue stories of American people and associations that helped the Jews in the years of Nazi persecution.
These are the words of Ho Manli, daughter of Ho Feng Shan, in the interview on the occasion of the ceremony for the Day of the Righteous of the Humanity 2018, when we honoured in the Garden of Milan the Chinese consul who in Vienna provided false passports to persecuted Jews.
My father would have been astonished by the honors that have since been accorded him. To him, the reason for doing what he did was simply this, he said: “On seeing the tragic plight of the Jews, it is natural to feel deep compassion, and from the standpoint of humanity, to be impelled to help them". By Ho Manli