COURAGE
IRENA SENDLER
POLAND

As a member of Zegota (the Council for Aid to Jews) and head of its Children's Bureau, Irena helped more than 2,500 Jewish children in the Warsaw ghetto, smuggling many out of the ghetto to safety. She was arrested and tortured by the Germans.SUPPORT RESCUERS >

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
VARIAN FRY
FRANCE

An American journalist, Varian went to Marseilles to help refugees flee France. Shocked by the hurdles preventing emigration, he set up a relief bureau that helped more than 1,000 Jews and non-Jews escape, most to the United States.SUPPORT RESCUERS >

 

SELF-SACRIFICE
JADVIGA KONOCHOWICZ
POLAND

Jadviga, her parents, and her seven siblings sheltered a Jewish family on their farm for more than a year. Although they lived in poverty, Jadviga and her family put the welfare of the eight Jewish strangers before their own.SUPPORT RESCUERS >

 

COMPASSION
OLGA RAJSEK
CROATIA

Olga took in a nine-year-old Jewish boy whose parents had been arrested and deported. She passed him off as her cousin. When neighbors became suspicious, Olga placed the boy in an orphanage and continued to provide care for him.SUPPORT RESCUERS >

INTEGRITY
CHIUNE SUGIHARA
LITHUANIA

A Japanese diplomat in Kovno, Chiune sought to help fleeing Jews escape the Nazis. He ignored the orders of his government and issued transit visas permitting thousands of Jews to escape through the Soviet Union to safety in other countries.SUPPORT RESCUERS >

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The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous provides financial support to more than 600 non-Jews who rescued Jews during the Holocaust and preserves their legacy through a national education program.

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This year we are again offering Jewish New Year cards.  This is a wonderful way to usher in the New Year while at the same time supporting the work of the JFR. We have a selection of printed and electronic cards - both of which can be ordered through the JFR website.

 

 

This fall marks the 73rd anniversary of the murder of the Jews of Kiev at Babi Yar. We thought you might like to see some of the faces of men and women who risked their lives to save the Jews of Kiev.

 

 

 

 

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