The Holocaust: The Righteous Among Nations

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The Heros of the Holocaust: The Righteous Among Nations Although the German race as a whole is often blamed for the Holocaust, some Jewish citizens may have not been able to survive without their non-Jewish neighbors. Non-Jewish persons who strongly benefited the life of someone being persecuted during the Holocaust, are know as and rewarded the title, “Righteous Among Nations”. To be awarded this honor, one must have actively aided a Jewish person during the Holocaust, purely out of compassion rather than any means of personal gain. Those declared Righteous Among Nations in many cases put the lives of Jews before their own. Some ways they did this were by hiding Jews in their homes, aiding Jews in their escapes from ghettos and camps, and…show more content…
They would secretly escort Jewish citizens (most often children) out of places of danger: the camps, the ghettos etc. Jewish people would be escorted out of these places by non-Jews who often has to use bags to carry the Jews in order to avoid suspicion. One woman who serves as an example of this is Irena Sendler. Irena Sendler is declared one of the Righteous for her work saving thousands of children. Irena was a Polish social worker her used her position to grant her access into the Warsaw Ghetto. She pretended that she was inspecting the ghetto and its sanitary conditions, however while in the ghetto she had ulterior motives. In reality Irena would offer what ever care she could to the Jews inside the ghetto and most importantly would smuggle children out to safety. She would then find hiding places for these children and host families for them to go to. Later on Sendler also worked to liberate Jewish children from dangerous situations such as ghettos by sending them to orphanages and places for abandoned children. Sendler is just one example of the Righteous who aided Jewish persons out of dangerous situations. Irena Sendler and other Righteous Among Nations risked their lives in attempts to save the lives of…show more content…
They showed selflessness and bravery in a time of fear. They also showed compassion and kindness to those who faced torture and hatred. In a political climate of accusation and persecution, the Righteous stood tall by risking their lives to help others. Works Cited "Hidden Children: Hardships." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, n.d. Web. 5 Apr. 2017. "Righteous Among the Nations." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, n.d. Web. 5 Apr. 2017. ""Women of Valor"." Stories of Women Who Rescued Jews During the Holocaust - Righteous Among the Nations - Yad Vashem. Yad Vashem, n.d. Web. 8 Apr.

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