Every Thursday on our Facebook page, we profile a forgotten hero. This page features our most popular stories about Jewish heroes, Holocaust heroes, Israel heroes, war heroes, medical heroes, philanthropic heroes and more.
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.
His magic fooled Hitler’s army.
He enabled Jews to participate in sports.
In his dying moments, Ari made sure the attacker wouldn’t hurt anybody else.
Dr. Adelaide Hautval refused to assist Nazi medical experiments.
They saved the lives of complete strangers half a world away.
His study of German murders in 1921 revealed a disturbing trend.
He treated his young patients with love and respect.
Iris used her considerable wealth and resources to help others.
After witnessing a mass slaughter, Hermann found his life’s mission.
Aleksander Kramarovskiy would do anything to protect Riva Reznikova, a Jewish orphan.
Hiram “Harry” Bingham IV did not just follow orders.
Alma Rose, violin virtuoso, created beauty in a hideous place.
Every American owes a debt of gratitude to Haym Salomon, the Polish Jew and financial wizard who enabled the ragtag Continental Army to win the Revolutionary War.
Carl Laemmle was a movie mogul who quit Hollywood at the height of his success to save fellow German Jews from Hitler.
Sarah Bernhardt, the “Divine Sarah,” was the first international superstar. Born in Paris in 1844 to a Jewish high-class courtesan, she was raised by a hired nurse and never knew her father.
Lassana Bathily, a Malian immigrant living in France, saved several Jewish shoppers - including a baby - during a terrorist attack at the kosher market where he worked.
Rosalie Silberman Abella is a world-renowned jurist and the first Jewish woman to serve on the Canadian Supreme Court.
Antonina Gordey was a Russian nanny who saved a little Jewish girl by pretending she was her own illegitimate child.
Leopold Karpeles was a Czech-born Jewish immigrant to Galveston, Texas who earned a Congressional Medal of Honor in the American Civil War.
Mary Elmes was an Irish aid worker who saved over 200 Jewish children during the Holocaust by hiding them in the boot of her car.
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.
Recha Sternbuch was an Orthodox Jewish woman in Switzerland who saved thousands of Jews from the Nazis.
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.
Daniel Lewin and Mohammad Hamdani were two 9/11 heroes with very different stories.