Jānis (Žanis) Lipke trabajaba en el puerto de Riga cuando quedó horrorizado cómo los judíos letones eran perseguidos en las calles. Se hizo contratista para la Luftwaffe y aprovechó tal posición para sacar del gueto de Riga y campos aledaños a 40 judíos.Junto a su esposa Johana los escondió y proveyó de comida hasta la llegada del Ejército Rojo, otras personas como su hijo Alfred o el fiel conductor Karl Yankovsky también ayudaron. Incluso en una ocasión robaron un vehículo cargado de armas…
Joseph Migneret with his class, 1934. Joseph Migneret was the principal of a public elementary school in the the Marais quarter in Paris. During the war he dedicated himself to saving as many Jews as he could. He joined a resistance network and began to provide false documents to fleeing Jews and to shelter others. On March 28, 1990, Yad Vashem recognized Joseph Migneret as Righteous Among the Nations.
Major Karl Plagge (1897-1957) was a German Army officer who used his position to employ and protect some 1,240 Jews at the HKP562 slave labor camp in order to give them a better chance to survive. The 250 to 300 surviving Jews from the camp constituted the largest single group of survivors of the genocide in Vilnius, Lithuania. Like Oskar Schindler, Plagge blamed himself for not having done enough. In 2005, Yad Vashem posthumously honored him with as one of the “Righteous Among the Nations”.
Righteous Among the Nations Béla Stollár attempted to save Mrs. Hermann Deustch as well. She had been taken to a death march towards the Austrian-Hungarian border from a yellow–star house in Budapest on November 17, 1944. Stollár followed the group wearing his uniform, intending to bring her back to Budapest using a court order, which he had forged. However, he was not able to find her.
Henryk Slawik of Poland was a prominent politician and diplomat that made a way for over 5,000 Hungarian Jews to be freed from the clutches of the Nazi forces by issuing fake documents that confirmed their lineage as Polish citizens. Because of his assistance to the evacuation, he was arrested by the German army and was executed in the Mauthausen concentration camp.
At a time when Nazis had overtaken the city of Fiume in Italy, Giovanni Palatucci decided to act in his office as head of police administration and never leave his responsibility, even if it cost him his life. He used his position to protect the Jews from being sent to Nazi camps by destroying documents and serving as a point of contact for the resistance. Even though he had a ticket to get away from it all, he gave that freedom to his Jewish fiancée and sent her to Switzerland. He was…
Part II. Valdemar Langlet (1872-1960) Without permission, and without the financial support of the Swedish Red Cross, he issued so-called "Letters of Protection," documents that were facsimiles of a passport, with official looking stamps. He saved countless Hungarian Jews from deportation to the death camps, and sheltered Jews and other refugees in safe houses throughout Budapest.