Heroes of the Holocaust – Lyn Smith
The moving stories of twenty-seven British citizens who were awarded the ‚Heroes of the Holocaust’ medal for their actions protecting Jews from Nazi persecution.
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’.
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.