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Heroes of the Holocaust : ordinary Britons who risked their lives to make a difference / Lyn Smith.

By: Smith, Lyn, 1934-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Ebury, c2012Description: xv, 272 p. : illustrations ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780091940676 (hbk.); 0091940672 (hbk.); 9780091940683 (pbk.).Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) | Righteous Gentiles in the Holocaust -- Great Britain | World War, 1939-1945 -- Jews -- Rescue | Righteous gentiles in the Holocaust Great BritainDDC classification: 940.53180922
Contents:
Originally published: 2012. -Includes bibliographical references and index. -These are the stories of 27 British men and women whose extraordinary actions rescued Jews from Hitler's Final Solution.
Summary: "In March 2010, twenty-seven Britons who took matters into their own hands to protect Jews from the Nazis during one of the darkest times in human history were formally recognised as 'Heroes of the Holocaust' by the British Government. The silver medal, inscribed with the words 'In the Service of Humanity', was created to acknowledge those 'whose selfless actions preserved life in the face of persecution'. Gordon Brown described the medal's recipients, who risked their lives to save those of Jewish friends, or complete strangers, as, 'true British heroes and a source of national pride for all of us. They were shining beacons of hope in the midst of terrible evil because they were prepared to take a stand against prejudice, hatred and intolerance.' Some, like Frank Foley, a British spy whose cover was working at the British embassy in Berlin, took huge risks issuing forged visas to enable around 10,000 Jews to escape Germany before the outbreak of war. Others, like the ten British POWs who hid and cared for Hannah Sarah Rigler as she escaped from a death march, showed great humanity in the face of horrendous cruelty and suffering. All the recipients of the award were ordinary people, acting on no one's authority but their own, who found they could not stand idly by in the face of this great evil. Heroes of the Holocaust collects for the first time the remarkable stories of the recipients of the medal. Written by acclaimed Holocaust historian Lyn Smith, it is a moving testament to the bravery of those whose inspiring actions stand out in stark relief at a time of such horror."--Publisher's description.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

The moving stories of 27 ordinary people who were awarded the Heroes of the Holocaust medal for their actions protecting Jews from Nazi persecution

In March 2010, 27 Britons who took matters into their own hands to protect Jews from the Nazis during one of the darkest times in human history were formally recognized as Heroes of the Holocaust by the British Government. The silver medal, inscribed with the words "In the Service of Humanity," was created to acknowledge those "whose selfless actions preserved life in the face of persecution." Some of the recipients, like Frank Foley, a British spy whose cover was working at the British embassy in Berlin, took huge risks issuing forged visas to enable around 10,000 Jews to escape Germany before the outbreak of war. Others, like the 10 POWs who hid and cared for Hannah Sarah Rigler as she escaped from a death march, showed great humanity in the face of horrendous cruelty and suffering. All the recipients of the award were ordinary people, acting on no one's authority but their own, who found they could not stand idly by in the face of this great evil. Collected here for the first time are the remarkable stories of the medal's recipients, a moving testament to the bravery of those whose inspiring actions stand out in stark relief at a time of such horror.

Paperback edition published: 2013.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 257-261) and index.

Originally published: 2012. -Includes bibliographical references and index. -These are the stories of 27 British men and women whose extraordinary actions rescued Jews from Hitler's Final Solution.

"In March 2010, twenty-seven Britons who took matters into their own hands to protect Jews from the Nazis during one of the darkest times in human history were formally recognised as 'Heroes of the Holocaust' by the British Government. The silver medal, inscribed with the words 'In the Service of Humanity', was created to acknowledge those 'whose selfless actions preserved life in the face of persecution'. Gordon Brown described the medal's recipients, who risked their lives to save those of Jewish friends, or complete strangers, as, 'true British heroes and a source of national pride for all of us. They were shining beacons of hope in the midst of terrible evil because they were prepared to take a stand against prejudice, hatred and intolerance.' Some, like Frank Foley, a British spy whose cover was working at the British embassy in Berlin, took huge risks issuing forged visas to enable around 10,000 Jews to escape Germany before the outbreak of war. Others, like the ten British POWs who hid and cared for Hannah Sarah Rigler as she escaped from a death march, showed great humanity in the face of horrendous cruelty and suffering. All the recipients of the award were ordinary people, acting on no one's authority but their own, who found they could not stand idly by in the face of this great evil. Heroes of the Holocaust collects for the first time the remarkable stories of the recipients of the medal. Written by acclaimed Holocaust historian Lyn Smith, it is a moving testament to the bravery of those whose inspiring actions stand out in stark relief at a time of such horror."--Publisher's description.

Originally published: 2012.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgements (p. vii)
  • Preface (p. ix)
  • The Rise of Hitler 1920-1939: Persecution (p. 1)
  • Francis 'Frank' Foley (p. 9)
  • Bertha Bracey (p. 31)
  • Nicholas Winton (p. 51)
  • Louise and Ida Cook (p. 69)
  • The Second World War 1939-1945: The Holocaust (p. 85)
  • The Channel Islands: Jersey (p. 93)
  • Albert Gustave Bedane (p. 100)
  • Louisa Gould, Harold Le Druillenec, Ivy Forster (p. 103)
  • France (p. 115)
  • Sofka Skipwith (p. 119)
  • Sister Agnes (Clare) Walsh (p. 131)
  • Holland (p. 137)
  • Henricus 'Henk' Huffener (p. 141)
  • Elsie June Ravenhall (p. 155)
  • Greece (p. 167)
  • Princess Alice of Battenberg (p. 171)
  • Hungary (p. 183)
  • Jane Haining (p. 185)
  • Auschwitz III, Buna-Monowitz (p. 197)
  • Charles Coward (p. 201)
  • Denis Avey (p. 215)
  • The Rescue of Sara Matuson by Stan Wells, Alan Edwards, George Hammond, Roger Letchford, Tommy Noble, John Buckley, Bill Scruton, Bert Hambling, Bill Keeble, Willy Fisher (p. 237)
  • About the Medal (p. 253)
  • Sources and Further Reading (p. 257)
  • Index (p. 263)