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.
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.
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.
Premysl Pitter was a Czech Christian who cared for hundreds of orphaned Jewish children during and after the Holocaust.
Sidney “Tom” Weinstein was a United States Army Lt. General and the principal architect of America's electronic military intelligence corps.
Joseph Zito was an elevator operator who saved a hundred female factory workers from a deadly fire in 1911.
Jacob "Jack" Farj Rafael Jacob was an Indian military hero and the highest ranking Jewish officer to serve in the Indian Army.
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.
Necdet Kent was a Turkish diplomat who saved dozens of Jews during the Holocaust, at great risk to himself.
Sarah Schenirer was a Polish educator who single-handedly transformed the role of women in Orthodox Judaism.