Holocaust heroes chose not to stand idle and watch innocent Jewish men, women and children be devoured by Hitler’s killing machine.
The heroic acts and stories are immense and can be found in volumes of books worthy of reading. Absolutely incredible true stories of these heroes can be found everywhere.
These despised few would not back down from adversity and threats.
The State of Israel gives the holocaust heroes the name “The Righteous Among the Nations” or “Righteous Gentiles”.
There are currently approximately 24,000 men and women from 45 different countries that have been recognized with this honorable title.
There are approximately 10,000 outstanding rescue stories which would take years to write about. I plan to briefly touch on a few holocaust heroes that you may have heard of and expound on some others on seperate pages.
Corrie ten Boom
“We are up against the unseen power that controls this dark world and the spiritual agents are from the very headquarters of evil. Therefore, we must wear the “whole armour of God,” that we may be able to resist evil in its day of power, and that even when we have fought to a standstill, we may still stand our ground.” ¯ Corrie ten Boom
Ms. Corrie ten Boom was a Dutch Christian holocaust survivor that was not of the Jewish race.
She was made to suffer the same atrocities as the Jews because of her families brave acts to provide a safe haven for the Jewish people.
The ten Boom family started what would become known as The Hiding Place in their home in the Netherlands in 1942. They had a heartfelt conviction that the Jews were God’s chosen people.
Long story short is eventually a Dutch informant reported the ten Boom family in 1944 and they were all arrested.
Corrie and her sister Betsie ended up in the Ravensbruck concentration camp in Germany. Corrie survived and Betsie died a few weeks prior to their release.
Evading death numerous times while in the labor camp Corrie gave all the glory to God.
Corrie later learned that as a result of an error she was granted release from the concentration camp as all the young women her age were executed the following week.
Corrie continued her ministry of love until she died in 1983 in Orange County, California.
Raoul Wallenberg was a Swedish diplomat that used his diplomatic status of being the First Secretary of the Swedish embassy in Budapest, Hungary to issue protective passports to thousands of Jews to be recognized as Swedish citizens.
Swedish citizenship prevented the Jews from being deported to the Nazi death camps.
He is also known to have rented more than 30 buildings in Hungary which housed approximately 10,000 Jews under the guise of extraterritorial and protected by diplomatic immunity.
To make the buildings look official and diplomatic he had fake signs made that stated “The Swedish Research Institute” or “The Swedish Library” which were hung on the doors or exterior along with the Swedish flag.
Wallenburg is believed to have saved the lives of approximately 100,000 Jews during his lifetime.
There were thousands of heroes during these dark days. Miep Gies, Oskar Schindler, Irena Sendler, Nicholas Winton, Chiune Sugihara and many others that stood while millions fell from grace.
In the midst of one of the darkest periods in the world these heroes and heroines were lights underneath bushels because if they allowed their light shine for all to see it could have meant death for them and many others.
These heroes chose not to let darkness overpower the light which was a decision of the will.
There is no doubt that God moved upon and within these men and women of courage to stand up for righteousness.