Every Thursday on our Facebook page, we profile a forgotten hero.
All my life I have been raised among the wise,
and I have found nothing better for the body than silence.
The essential thing is not study, but deed.
-Shimon ben Gamliel, Avot 1:17
Princess Alice was an unconventional royal who prioritized helping others over wealth and privilege.
King Mohammed V of Morocco saved his country’s 250,000 Jews from persecution and death at the hands of France's pro-Nazi Vichy regime during the Holocaust.
Marcel Marceau’s extraordinary talent for pantomime entertained audiences around the world for over sixty years. It also saved hundreds of Jewish children during the Holocaust.
Hermann Goering was Hitler’s right-hand man and the founder of the Gestapo. Albert Goering was his younger brother. While his maniacal sibling was killing Jews, Albert worked tirelessly to save them.
Leslie Howard was a British actor best known for playing Ashley Wilkes in the 1939 blockbuster Gone with the Wind. His most important role, however, was off camera. And he gave his life for it.
Steven Maman has rescued hundreds of Christian and Yazidi women who were forced into sex slavery by ISIS.
Szmul Zygielbojm was a Jewish-Polish politician and labor leader who was the first to alert the world that the Jews of Poland were being systematically exterminated.
Père (Father) Jacques was a Carmelite priest who took in Jewish refugees during the Holocaust and became a leader of the French Resistance, at the cost of his own life.
Witold Pilecki was a Polish Resistance fighter who smuggled himself into Auschwitz to verify and report on the atrocities happening there.
Bronislaw Huberman was a violin prodigy who saved thousands of European Jews by creating an “Orchestra of Exiles.”
Franceska Mann was a Jewish ballet dancer who was deported to Auschwitz and led an ill-fated rebellion on her way to the gas chambers.
Annette Epaud was a French woman who managed a popular cafe in La Rochelle. After the Germans invaded France in 1940, Annette contributed to the Resistance Movement by giving free meals to resisters.
Maajid Nawaz is a former radical Islamist who now devotes his life to battling extremism and anti-Semitism around the world.
Eugene Lazowski was a Polish doctor who saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust by creating a fake epidemic that kept the Germans away from their town.
Hannah Greenebaum Solomon was a social reformer who founded the National Council of Jewish Women. Today, over 120 years later, the NCJW remains a highly effective volunteer organization committed to helping the least fortunate Americans.
Adolf and Maria Althoff were German circus owners who put their own lives at risk to save a family of Jewish acrobats during the Holocaust.
Sidney “Tom” Weinstein was a United States Army Lt. General and the principal architect of America's electronic military intelligence corps.
Staff Sgt. Joana Arpon, 20, is a proud combat soldier serving in the Israeli Defense Force. Unlike her comrades in the IDF, she isn’t an Israeli citizen or Jewish. So why did she volunteer to serve?
Yekusiel Yehudah Halberstam, the Klausenberger Rebbe, was a spiritual giant whose passionate devotion to God and the Jewish people remained strong even after his wife and eleven children were murdered at Auschwitz.
Helen Bamber was a psychotherapist who devoted her life to working with severely traumatized patients, including Holocaust survivors and victims of torture.
Lydia Litvyak was a Russian fighter pilot during World War II and the first female to shoot down an enemy plane.
Josefa risked her life to save the boy from the Nazis. After learning that his parents had been murdered, she wanted him baptized. The priest said no.
Noor Inayat Khan was an Indian princess, devout Muslim, and Allied spy who sacrificed her life to fight the Nazi war machine.
Sophie Scholl was a German college student and political activist who bravely fought the Nazi propaganda machine at the cost of her young life.
Nancy Wake was a gutsy journalist from Australia who became a leader of the Allied resistance and killed a Nazi with her bare hands.
Dr. Mohamed Helmy was an Egyptian urologist in Berlin who saved a Jewish family during the Holocaust despite great risk to himself.
Golda Meir was the fourth prime minister of Israel, and a beloved leader of the Jewish people. Her greatest contribution, however, may have come earlier in her career.
Morris Frank was the first person to be partnered with a seeing eye dog, and a passionate activist whose work led to the widespread acceptance of guide dogs throughout the world.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran pastor in Nazi Germany whose opposition to Hitler cost him his life.