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The Jewish Civil War Hero

The Jewish Civil War Hero

Leopold Karpeles was a Czech-born Jewish immigrant to Galveston, Texas who earned a Congressional Medal of Honor in the American Civil War.

The Teenage Fighter Pilot

The Teenage Fighter Pilot

Lydia Litvyak was a Russian fighter pilot during World War II and the first female to shoot down an enemy plane.

The Princess Spy

The Princess Spy

Noor Inayat Khan was an Indian princess, devout Muslim, and Allied spy who sacrificed her life to fight the Nazi war machine.

The Nazi Killer

The Nazi Killer

Nancy Wake was a gutsy journalist from Australia who became a leader of the Allied resistance and killed a Nazi with her bare hands.

An Overdue Honor

Tibor Rubin was a Hungarian Holocaust survivor and Korean War hero who received the Medal of Honor 55 years late because his sergeant was an anti-Semite.

A Jewish Revolutionary War Hero

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.

The Rabbi Who Denounced Slavery... In 1861

Rabbi David Einhorn risked life and career by denouncing slavery from his Maryland pulpit in 1861. Other clergymen throughout the South, including rabbis, had pointed to the laws governing slavery in the Torah as a justification for continuing the practice in America. 

The Man Who Embodies Heroism

Recently researchers at Hebrew University conducted an extensive survey of young Israelis, asking the question, “Who embodies heroism to you?” 

Over and over, they heard the same name: Roi Klein.

The First Israeli Field General

David "Mickey" Marcus was the first man buried at West Point who died fighting under another nation's flag. Only two weeks before, he had been appointed as field general for the fledgling state of Israel - the first man to hold that post since Judah Maccabee 2,100 years earlier.

The Portugese Consul General

Aristides De Sousa Mendes, Portugal’s consul-general in Bordeaux when Germany invaded France, saved 30,000 people by providing Portuguese visas against the orders of his superiors.