In honor of her birthday month, we are featuring a portrait of Edit Schechter, who was a member of a youth resistance movement in Hungary. Edit and other activists created fake papers and IDs for Jews in danger of being deported to concentration camps. They smuggled people across borders to areas not occupied by Germany, and they set up safe houses for children. Edit was in considerable danger for her work, and several members of her group were caught and sent to prisons and camps as punishment for their activism. Still, Edit and many others like her across Europe stood up to hatred and violence, to protect those in danger.
Students around the world have been inspired by Edit’s bravery:
“She is one of the most courageous and un-selfish people I have ever learned about. She is someone I strive to be.”
“[Her] story should never be forgotten.”
“I will remember hearing the story we were told about the Holocaust. Edit Schechter helped to save the lives of thousands of Jewish people.”
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