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This page consists of those individuals who had the power and drive to help save many from the destructive Nazis. They did not have to perform these tasks, but they felt that it was their responsibility as part of the Human race.
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Sophie Scholl was part of a group known as the White Rose. The White Rose was a group that would secretly send letters asking for the end of war and informing citizens about what the Nazis were doing.



Carl Gustav Jung not only helped Jews during the Holocaust, he also helped African Americans. Although many people were confused as to why he was so thoughtful and helping, he continued his good work.
Carl Gustav Jung not only helped Jews during the Holocaust, he also helped African Americans. Although many people were confused as to why he was so thoughtful and helping, he continued his good work.
Carl Gustav Jung was born in Switzerland and grew up with his father being a pastor. He later decided to help in many ways. For his help he is known as a hero of the Holocaust.
Carl Gustav Jung was born in Switzerland and grew up with his father being a pastor. He later decided to help in many ways. For his help he is known as a hero of the Holocaust.
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Andre Trocme was born April 7th 1901, he saved thousands of Jews from the Nazi soldiers.
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Irene Gut Opdyke joined the Polish underground and hid in the forest until the Russian Army captured her. She was later beaten and violated. Irene escaped twice from incarceration.
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Irene Gut Opdyke was born on May 5th, 1922. She saved the lives of 12 Polish Jews.
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Trian Popovici helped many Jews during the Holocaust by giving them papers to flee the country
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Oskar Schindler saved more than 1,200 Jews by letting them work in his factory and saving them from the dangerous concentration camps. Eventually, Oskar helped his Jewish workers escape from the country.
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Irena Sendler worked as a social worker during the War and helped save 2,500 Jewish children. Mrs. Sendler used the city's welfare department during World War II to mastermind the risky rescue operations of Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto. She smuggled the children out of the Warsaw Ghetto and gave them false identities and thereby a chance of survival by living as Catholics. One day she was caught and the Nazis took her to the Pawiak prison, which few left alive. She was tortured and was left with permanent scarring on her body, but she refused to betray her cause. She died at age 98 in a Warsaw hospital after she had been hospitalized for a month with pneumonia.
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Hugh O'Flaherty, an Irish Catholic priest, rescued Jewish people and prisoners-of-war by using the safety of the Vatican. This worked because Nazis could not arrest people in the church. O'Flaherty would keep the Jews there until it was safe for them to go out into the real world.

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Frits Philips was born on April 16, 1905. In 1939 Frits was appointed Managing Director at N.V. Philips' Gloeilampenfabrieken. In 1943 Frits Philips agreed to create a workshop for Jewish concentration camp prisoners. Frits made their lives in the camp bearable and protected as many as possible. Frits saved 382 prisoners. In 1996 he was presented with the Yad Vashem by Israel. Frits Philips died in 2005 at the age of 100.
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Jose Castellanos Contreras was the colonel of El Salvador during WWII. Contreras worked along with George Mandel in order to save up to 40,000 Jews from persecution from the Nazis by granting them “citizenship” and allowing them to move into El Salvador and lead a life without fear.
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Raoul Wallenberg was appointed the first secretary at the Swedish Legation in Budapest, Hungary. There, it was his job to help save Hungarians, Jews in particular, from German wrath.
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This is an example of one of the many Swedish protective passes that Raoul Wallenberg issued. These were so effective because Sweden was a neutral country, therefore "Swedish" citizens could not be harmed.
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Not only did Raoul Wallenberg hand out Swedish protective passes, he also set up Swedish safehouses, which he declared Swedish land, and therefore neutral and safe.
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Aristides de Sousa Mendes was born in Northern Portugal in 1885. He worked at the Portugese consulate in Bordeaux, France.

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Aristides de Sousa Mendes issued thousands of Portugese visas to French Jewish refugess despite orders not to. This is a list of some of the 30,000 people that he issued transit visas to.
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Aristides de Sousa Mendes not only issued visas to anyone who asked, he also took refugees into his home and helped them pay for their visas (or did not make them pay at all).