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Witold Pilecki with his nephew, not long before volunteering to enter Auschwitz as a prisoner in 1940. His astounding choice was made within, and for, Poland’s anti-Nazi underground.(NYTimes.com)

‘The Auschwitz Volunteer,’ by Witold Pilecki

’ ‘The Auschwitz Volunteer,’ by Witold Pilecki. One man volunteered for Ausch­witz, and now we have his story. In September 1940 the Polish cavalry officer Witold Pilecki deliberately walked into a German roundup in Warsaw,

"Leonore Goldschmidt: The Teacher Who Defied Hitler." I highly recommend watching this on You Tube. This woman was a fierce, fearless protector of Jewish children during the Holocaust. A true hero.

This woman opened a school for expelled Jewish children during the She and her fellow teachers gave the students hope and a safe place to learn after having been outcasted by German society .

Kafka and his three younger sisters, Gabrielle, Valerie and Ottilie.    During World War II, Kafka's sisters were sent with their families to the Łódź Ghetto and died there or in concentration camps. Ottla was sent to the concentration camp at Theresienstadt and then on 7 October 1943 to the death camp at Auschwitz, where 1,267 children and 51 guardians, including Ottla, were gassed to death on their arrival.

Franz Kafka and his three younger sisters, Gabrielle, Valerie and Ottilie. During Franz's sisters were sent with their families to the Łódź Ghetto and they all either died there or in concentration camps. -- Did not know this abt him.

Simon Gronowski, aged nine, with his parents in Brussels before the occupation

Escaping the train to Auschwitz

On 19 April a train carrying Jews set off from a Nazi detention camp in Belgium for the gas chambers of Auschwitz. But resistance fighters stopped the train. One boy who jumped to freedom that night retains vivid memories, 70 years later.

Witold Pilecki z żoną i dziećmi, Ostrów Mazowiecka, 1934 r.

Witold Pilecki May 1901 – 25 May was a Polish soldier ( cavalry officer) during the Second Polish Republic , the founder .

Stefania Podgorska, hid 13 Jewish people in her attic for 2 1/2 years.

18 Holocaust Rescuers: Their Movies and Memoirs

10 WWII Heroes: Stefania and Helene Podgorska. These courageous young sisters (around 7 and saved 13 Jews by hiding them in their attic for over two years!

Romanticism - Adam Mickiewicz on the Ayu-Dag, by Walenty Wańkowicz

Portret Adama Mickiewicza na Judahu skale Walenty Wańkowicz MNW

He is my inspiration for wanting to be a pharmacist. He was not onlya  great pharmacist, but he worked in the ghettos in Poland during WWII giving medacine free of charge and helping the jews get more food and information. He is a huge reason people survived in the Kraków Ghetto.

He is my inspiration for wanting to be a pharmacist. He was not onlya great pharmacist, but he worked in the ghettos in Poland during WWII giving medacine free of charge and helping the jews get more food and information. He is a huge reason people survived in the Kraków Ghetto.

On April 19, 1943, Youra Georges Livchitz, a young Jewish doctor, and two comrades in his Belgian resistance group, Jean Franklemon and Robert Maistriau, set out for an operation of their very own: to halt a deportation train and attempt to release the Jews trapped within it. It was the twentieth transport from the Mechelen transit camp to Auschwitz-Birkenau, with 1,631 Jews aboard. Youra stopped the train and threatened the engineer with his handgun. Maistriau opened the doors of one of the…

Youra Livchitz, one of three med students who rescued 115 people from a train bound for Auschwitz. Thank you, God, for these saviors.

Simon Weisenthal, Holocaust survivor and Nazi war criminal hunter. He began collecting stamps in 1948, in order to combat his insomnia.

Simon Weisenthal, Holocaust survivor and Nazi war criminal hunter. He began collecting stamps in in order to combat his insomnia.

Rotmistrz Witold Pilecki nie był narodowcem, a patriotą. Skrajnej prawicy i partii rządzącej nie przeszkadza to jednak w instrumentalnym wykorzystywaniu jego wizerunku do kreowania nowej wersji polskiej historii.

Rotmistrz Pilecki - bohater niezłomny, dobrowolny więzień w Auschwitz

In late 1943 the Nazis began to liquidate the ghetto, deporting many to concentration camps. In March 1944 the SS dragged all children under the age of 12 from homes and hiding paces. This so-called "Children's Action" claimed 1300 lives. A mother's diary recorded the horror of watching her child "tossed like a puppy into the truck...."

In late 1943 the Nazis began to liquidate the ghetto, deporting many to concentration camps. In March 1944 the SS dragged all children under the age of 12 from homes and hiding paces. This so-called "Children's Action" claimed 1300 lives.

Fr. Leon Stepniak, who was the last surviving priest of the 3,000 priests sent to die in the Nazi concentration camp of Dachau, has passed away today, April 9, 2013. He was 100 years old.

Polish priest who was oldest surviving prisoner at Dachau concentration camp dies aged 100 ~ World War II

dailymail:  Princess (now Queen) Elizabeth with friend Sonia Berry, a little girl she met in 1930 out playing behind the London home of her parents.  Sonia's father was a doctor who would treat Elizabeth's grandfather King George V.  The friendship continued over 80 years until Sonia's death in 2012.

Revealed: The little girl the Queen chose to be her best friend

Close friends: Sonia Berry (right) who sadly died in 2012 with the princess Elizabeth in Hyde Park

A living legend has left us recently, with the passing of Dr. Tina Strobos. She and her mother successfully hid more than 100 Jews from the Nazi Gestapo in Amsterdam during WWII. With the help of the extensive Dutch Resistance Movement she utilized many different methods of nonviolent action because, as she said, “It’s the right thing to do.”

Tina Strobos with Abraham Païs, her fiancé at that time, and her mother. Tina Strobos hid during the German occupation of Amsterdam over 100 Jews in her house at the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal

Yukiko Sugihara, Wife of Chiune Sugihara -- both helped Jews escape Nazi occupied Lithuania.

Yukiko Sugihara, Wife of Chiune Sugihara -- both helped Jews escape Nazi occupied Lithuania

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