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Lise Børsum was a Norwegian housewife married to an Oslo physician. During World War II she became active in smuggling Jews out of Nazi-occupied nations into Sweden, often through her own home. She and her husband both were arrested in 1943. The doctor was soon released, but Lise Børsum was sent to the Ravensbrück concentration camp in Germany where she stayed until liberated by the Swedish Red Cross in 1945.

Lise Børsum was a Norwegian housewife married to an Oslo physician. During World War II she became active in smuggling Jews out of Nazi-occupied nations into Sweden, often through her own home. She and her husband both were arrested in 1943. The doctor was soon released, but Lise Børsum was sent to the Ravensbrück concentration camp in Germany where she stayed until liberated by the Swedish Red Cross in 1945.

Ilse Stanley (née Ilse Davidsohn), was a German Jewish woman who, with the collusion of a handful of people ranging from Nazi members of the Gestapo to other Jewish civilians, secured the release of 412 Jewish prisoners from concentration camps between 1936 and 1938.  During that time she also helped countless others leave the country while it was still possible for German Jews to do so legally.

Ilse Stanley (née Ilse Davidsohn), was a German Jewish woman who, with the collusion of a handful of people ranging from Nazi members of the Gestapo to other Jewish civilians, secured the release of 412 Jewish prisoners from concentration camps between 1936 and 1938. During that time she also helped countless others leave the country while it was still possible for German Jews to do so legally.

Different paths: Albert Goering. While Hermann was condemning millions to death in the name of National Socialism, his younger brother Albert secured the release of Jews and other prisoners from the concentration camps and rescued many more from certain death

Brother of Hitler’s Luftwaffe chief SAVED Jews from death camp

Different paths: Albert Goering. While Hermann was condemning millions to death in the name of National Socialism, his younger brother Albert secured the release of Jews and other prisoners from the concentration camps and rescued many more from certain death

With possibly the hardest to remember name on the list, his actions were anything but. Even though he knew that the Portuguese government was against helping the Jews he still issued tens of thousands of visas. Although his efforts saved numerous lives he was eventually exiled and died in poverty.

25 World War II Heroes Who Put Their Lives On The Line

With possibly the hardest to remember name on the list, his actions were anything but. Even though he knew that the Portuguese government was against helping the Jews he still issued tens of thousands of visas. Although his efforts saved numerous lives he was eventually exiled and died in poverty.

Photographed in Poland (1941) is Norman Salsitz, a Jew, who In October of 1942, organized an escape group of 55 people and fled to the surrounding forest to form a partisan unit. Norman's partisan unit fought through harsh weather conditions on rough terrain to dismantle and damage German railroads, mills, and police stations.

Photographed in Poland (1941) is Norman Salsitz, a Jew, who In October of 1942, organized an escape group of 55 people and fled to the surrounding forest to form a partisan unit. Norman's partisan unit fought through harsh weather conditions on rough terrain to dismantle and damage German railroads, mills, and police stations.

Sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau with another two hundred French women prisoners, Dr. Adelaide Hautval, a devout Protestant, was housed with five hundred Jewish women prisoners, and was nicknamed “the saint.” With little or no resources, she attempted to help Jewish prisoners who had contracted typhus, refrained from reporting the prisoners’ illnesses (thereby sparing them immediate death) and treated them with boundless dedication.

Sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau with another two hundred French women prisoners, Dr. Adelaide Hautval, a devout Protestant, was housed with five hundred Jewish women prisoners, and was nicknamed “the saint.” With little or no resources, she attempted to help Jewish prisoners who had contracted typhus, refrained from reporting the prisoners’ illnesses (thereby sparing them immediate death) and treated them with boundless dedication.

Maj Karl Plagge.  Saved over 1,000 men, women, and children from an SS pogrom in Vilnius.

Maj Karl Plagge. Saved over 1,000 men, women, and children from an SS pogrom in Vilnius.

Hannah Senesh was one of 37 Jews from Palestine who parachuted into Yugoslavia to save the Hungarian Jews who were about to be deported to Auschwitz.  She was arrested at the Hungarian border, imprisoned, tortured, and eventually executed by a firing quad. Hannah never revealed the details of her mission. Her poem "Eli, Eli" is a very famous Hebrew song.

Hannah Senesh was one of 37 Jews from Palestine who parachuted into Yugoslavia to save the Hungarian Jews who were about to be deported to Auschwitz. She was arrested at the Hungarian border, imprisoned, tortured, and eventually executed by a firing quad. Hannah never revealed the details of her mission. Her poem "Eli, Eli" is a very famous Hebrew song.

Vera Atkins (real name Vera-May Rosenberg) was recruited by the spymaster known as Intrepid—Canadian business man William Stephesen—at the age of twenty-three and before the outbreak of World War II found herself fighting along side American, Canadian and British civilians to derail the dangers of the Third Reich. By the mid-1930s she was already an experienced spy, currying and sending information to both President Roosevelt and Churchill. When the Second World War finally broke out in…

Vera Atkins (real name Vera-May Rosenberg) was recruited by the spymaster known as Intrepid—Canadian business man William Stephesen—at the age of twenty-three and before the outbreak of World War II found herself fighting along side American, Canadian and British civilians to derail the dangers of the Third Reich. By the mid-1930s she was already an experienced spy, currying and sending information to both President Roosevelt and Churchill. When the Second World War finally broke out in…

Henk Drogt served as a policeman during WW2 when he was ordered in 1943 to round up Jews in the city of Groningen, in the north of the country. He refused and joined the Dutch resistance, helping many allied pilots who were shot down escape and get back to Britain. In August 1943 he was arrested and later executed by the Nazis. His son received in his father's name on September 22, 2008 on his 65th birthday, Israel's highest honor for people who rescued Jews from the Holocaust.

Henk Drogt served as a policeman during WW2 when he was ordered in 1943 to round up Jews in the city of Groningen, in the north of the country. He refused and joined the Dutch resistance, helping many allied pilots who were shot down escape and get back to Britain. In August 1943 he was arrested and later executed by the Nazis. His son received in his father's name on September 22, 2008 on his 65th birthday, Israel's highest honor for people who rescued Jews from the Holocaust.

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