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.
He was known as “The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican.”
A seder different from all other seders….
He brought music and laughter to hell on earth.
He knew it would cost him his life.
He put his own life at risk rather than abandon his Jewish passengers.
She was a penniless Lithuanian orphan who created an empire.
He was mad as hell and he wasn’t going to take it anymore.
Jordan April and Archer Shurtliff are high school students in Oswego, NY who took a brave stand against injustice despite the stunning moral failure of the adults tasked with educating them.
He bore witness to evil.
They touch hearts around the world - but won’t perform on Shabbat.
After losing his entire family, Frank refused to go down without a fight.
Albert Speer’s daughter created a foundation to support Jewish women in the arts.
He took his campaign to save Jews directly to the Pope
Rabbi Werfel was the only Orthodox rabbi to be killed in action in World War II.
He could have escaped with his life, but instead accompanied the children to their death.
He led hundreds of resistance fighters.
Behiç Erkin was Turkish ambassador to occupied France.
He convinced President Lincoln to change the law.
Judith chopped off the tyrant’s head.
She spent a century serving others.
His right arm shattered, Ben threw grenades with his left hand.
A role model for independent women.
He personified the term “bedside manner.”
The Jewish general in the Chinese army who helped create the State of Israel.
Female Hero of the Dutch Resistance.
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.