15 World War 2 Heroes Who Helped Shape History

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Dimitar Peshev, Provided True Opposition

Dimitar Peshev

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Although the Bulgarian Minister of Justice, he opposed his government, preventing the deportation of 48,000 Jews.

Giovanni Palatucci, Gave Police Protection

Giovanni Palatucci

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As head of the Police Administration in Fiume, Italy, he used his position to protect Jews and liaise with the resistance.

Aristides de Sousa Mendes do Amaral, The Portugese

Aristides de Sousa Mendes do Amaral e Abranches

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Although against his Governments wishes, Aristides still issued thousands of visas to Jews.

John Rabe, The Life Saving Nazi

John Rabe

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Although a member of the Nazi party, Rabe used his influence to delay an attack by the Japanese on Nanking, in doing so saved one quarter of a million lives.

Coronel Jose Arturo Castellanos Contreras, The El Salvadoran

Colonel Jose Arturo

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This Central American issued 25,000 Visas to Jews in order to save their lives.

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