Seeing a German soldier killing an infant in 1942 was a transformative moment for Irene Gut, a young Polish nurse. She dedicated the rest of her wartime life to rescuing and hiding Jews, despite the some of the most harrowing circumstances imaginable. Listen to Professor Nash explain the life of a woman who truly deserves to be called “Righteous Among the Nations.”

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Irene Gut Opdyke (with Jennifer Armstrong), In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer

Irene Gut was just 17 in 1939, when the Germans and Russians devoured her native Poland. Just a girl, really. But a girl who saw evil and chose to defy it. Her memoir is one of the most gripping of all Holocaust-rescue stories, and gives us hope that individual humans are capable of the most selfless and heroic behavior.