History Heartwarming / WorldWarII

23rd Apr '17 6:34:13 AM Ciara25
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_O%27Flaherty Hugh O'Flaherty,]] nicknamed 'The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican', was an Irish Catholic priest who, in the later years of the war, helped to conceal thousands of Allied escapees and Jews, coordinating with numerous people to hide refugees in their homes. The SS eventually learned what he was doing and failed to assassinate him, and couldn't arrest him while he was inside the Vatican. When the Allies arrived in Rome, Flaherty demanded that German POWs be treated with respect, and in later years visited the imprisoned Herr Kappler -- the former SS Chief in Rome, who had threatened to ''kill'' Flaherty if he ever exited the Vatican -- every month, as his only visitor.
29th Mar '17 12:02:31 PM Caps-luna
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* Chiune Sugihara was a Japanese diplomat who saved over 6,000 Lithuanian Jews by giving them travel visas to Japan. The Empire of Japan, despite being both an ally of the Nazis and also having similar views about their own racial superiority, didn't really care enough about Jews to bother with any kind of final solution. Chiune continued giving out these visas even when told to stop by his superiors. When he was eventually exiled, he kept throwing visa approvals out of the train as it left the station. Keep in mind that the horrors of the Holocaust were literally half a world away for this man and he had likely never even seen a Jew before he began this project.
28th Mar '17 5:49:40 PM TheWildWestPyro
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** Another great example is that of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aristides_de_Sousa_Mendes Aristides de Sousa Mendes]], a Portuguese diplomat in Bordeaux, France, who ignored and defied the orders of the Portuguese dictator, António Salazar, regarding the issuing of visas towards refugees (specifically Jewish refugees, since Salazar didn't want to mess with Germany and wanted to keep Portugal neutral). Between June 16 and June 23, 1940, he frantically issued an estimated 30,000 visas, 12,000 of which to Jewish refugees, in order to escape to Portugal (from there, the majority went to the US or Brazil). Most of these visas were issued to entire ''families''. Among those who were issued visas, there were Otto Von Habsburg (heir of the Austrian-Hungarian emperor, who was hated and condemned to death by Hitler), the Belgian cabinet and Salvador Dalí. Unfortunately, he paid a high price, being stripped of his titles, his law career, abandoned by most of his friends, being blamed by a few relatives for the disgrace of the family and dying in poverty some years later, after his wife died and he being also stripped of his pension. Justice was made, later, when he occupied the 3rd place in ''The Greatest Portuguese'' (a poll programme similar to the ''100 Greatest Britons''). He is still fondly remembered by many Jewish people and their descendants and he even has a plaza in Vienna named after him.

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** Another great example is that of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aristides_de_Sousa_Mendes Aristides de Sousa Mendes]], a Portuguese diplomat in Bordeaux, France, who ignored and defied the orders of the authoritarian Portuguese right-wing dictator, António Salazar, regarding the issuing of visas towards refugees (specifically Jewish refugees, since Salazar didn't want to mess with Germany and wanted to keep Portugal neutral). Between June 16 and June 23, 1940, he frantically issued an estimated 30,000 visas, 12,000 of which to Jewish refugees, in order to escape to Portugal (from there, the majority went to the US or Brazil). Most of these visas were issued to entire ''families''. Among those who were issued visas, there were Otto Von Habsburg (heir of the Austrian-Hungarian emperor, who was hated and condemned to death by Hitler), the Belgian cabinet and Salvador Dalí. Unfortunately, he paid a high price, being stripped of his titles, his law career, abandoned by most of his friends, being blamed by a few relatives for the disgrace of the family and dying in poverty some years later, after his wife died and he being also stripped of his pension. Justice was made, later, when he occupied the 3rd place in ''The Greatest Portuguese'' (a poll programme similar to the ''100 Greatest Britons''). He is still fondly remembered by many Jewish people and their descendants and he even has a plaza in Vienna named after him.



* During WWII, my friend's grandpa was captured and tortured, but he refused to reveal his mission. The japanese said if he didn't spill, they would kill the other five captured men. He wouldn't budge. He escaped, but he had to live with their blood on his hands. 25 years later, he found out they all lived. Not a single one talked. GMH

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* During WWII, my friend's grandpa was captured and tortured, but he refused to reveal his mission. The japanese Japanese said if he didn't spill, they would kill the other five captured men. He wouldn't budge. He escaped, but he had to live with their blood on his hands. 25 years later, he found out they all lived. Not a single one talked. GMH
28th Mar '17 5:47:50 PM TheWildWestPyro
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** Even more heartwarming than the British evacuation; the British promise of evacuation to the French, then the French forces staying behind to cover the English retreat. When the last of the BEF had evacuated, Churchill insisted on coming back to save the French forces bravely resisting the German attacks. On 4th June, the Royal Navy came to rescue as many French soldiers as they could. Although 30,000-40,000 were tragically left behind and became German POWs, 26,000 Frenchmen reached safety.

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** Even more heartwarming than the British evacuation; the British promise of evacuation to the French, then the French forces staying behind to cover the English retreat. When the last of the BEF had evacuated, Churchill insisted on coming back to save the French forces bravely resisting the German attacks. On 4th June, the Royal Navy came to rescue as many French soldiers as they could. Although 30,000-40,000 were tragically left behind and became German POWs, prisoners, 26,000 Frenchmen reached safety.
28th Mar '17 5:47:27 PM TheWildWestPyro
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** Herman Göring's brother [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_G%C3%B6ring Albert]] was a ballsy motherfucker who hid many Jews from the Nazis and used his influence in Nazi circles to avoid capture of both himself ''and'' the Jews. His most heartwarming moment, though, may have been at the end of his life. Living on a government pension and shunned because of his family ties, he married his housekeeper--not out of any romantic feeling, but out of gratitude, knowing that when he died (which was just one week later), his pension would continue to be paid to her as his widow.
*** Herman Goering himself, who was largely a gluttonous, incompetent, drug-addled FatBastard, was aware of his brother's activities, [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes but protected him anyways and allowed him to continue getting away with it.]] [[PetTheDog He also saved several Jewish families]] [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe who had helped him during a time in his life when he was down and out.]]

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** Herman Göring's brother [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_G%C3%B6ring Albert]] Albert]], unlike his infamous sibling, was a ballsy motherfucker who hid many Jews from the Nazis and used his influence in Nazi circles to avoid capture of both himself ''and'' the Jews. His most heartwarming moment, though, may have been at the end of his life. Living on a government pension and shunned because of his family ties, he married his housekeeper--not out of any romantic feeling, but out of gratitude, knowing that when he died (which was just one week later), his pension would continue to be paid to her as his widow.
*** Herman Goering himself, who was largely a gluttonous, incompetent, drug-addled FatBastard, FatBastard and fanatical Nazi, was aware of his brother's activities, [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes but protected him anyways and allowed him to continue getting away with it.]] [[PetTheDog He also saved several Jewish families]] [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe who had helped him during a time in his life when he was down and out.]]



* During the march of the allies across Germany a US squad was patrolling through a village just recently taken. One of the soldiers while looking around takes off running from the rest of the squad while shouting in German. When the rest of the squad finds him, he is standing in front of a house hugging an older German woman and little boy. The soldier was a German immigrant, who had just realized he was in his home town; the woman was his mother, and the kid was his little brother.

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* During the march of the allies across Germany a US squad was patrolling through a village just recently taken. One of the soldiers while looking around takes off running from the rest of the squad while shouting in German. When the rest of the squad finds him, he is standing in front of a house hugging an older German woman and little boy. The soldier was a German immigrant, who had just realized he was in his home town; hometown; the woman was his mother, and the kid was his little brother.



* During the Battle of Stalingrad, a troupe of Soviet musicians and entertainers arrived on New Years Eve to entertain the troops. The violinist Mikhail Goldstein decided to go straight to the front lines and entertain the troops currently standing duty, playing over loudspeakers. The shooting from the German side stopped as the music flowed, and after the music stopped there was a short period of complete silence. Then a voice came out over loudspeaker from the German lines in halting Russian saying "Play some more Bach. We won't shoot". Goldstein obliged them.

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* During the Battle of Stalingrad, a troupe of Soviet musicians and entertainers arrived on New Years Eve to entertain the troops. The Ukrainian-Jewish violinist Mikhail Goldstein decided to go straight to the front lines and entertain the troops currently standing duty, playing over loudspeakers. Although it was banned in the USSR, Mikhail was so horrified by the destruction around him that he started playing German music. The shooting from the German side stopped as the music flowed, and after the music stopped there was a short period of complete silence.silence from both sides. Then a voice came out over loudspeaker from the German lines in halting Russian saying "Play some more Bach. We won't shoot". Goldstein obliged them.
28th Mar '17 5:44:15 PM TheWildWestPyro
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** Even more heartwarming than the British evacuation; the British promise of evacuation to the French, then the French forces staying behind to cover the English retreat.

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** Even more heartwarming than the British evacuation; the British promise of evacuation to the French, then the French forces staying behind to cover the English retreat. When the last of the BEF had evacuated, Churchill insisted on coming back to save the French forces bravely resisting the German attacks. On 4th June, the Royal Navy came to rescue as many French soldiers as they could. Although 30,000-40,000 were tragically left behind and became German POWs, 26,000 Frenchmen reached safety.
28th Mar '17 5:40:15 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* The entirety of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elbe_Day Elbe Day]], where the American and Russian armies met for the first time. Even before the Cold War began and both sides went back to being suspicious of each other, it's truly sweet that just for one day, the soldiers just hung out together for a few hours, forgetting the war and their own differences. If any more proof is needed, here's some of the [[http://peashooter85.tumblr.com/post/117349618997/today-in-history-april-25th-1945-elbe-day photos]] taken on that day.

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* The entirety of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elbe_Day Elbe Day]], where the American and Russian armies met for the first time. Even before the Cold War began and both sides went back to being suspicious of each other, it's truly sweet that just for one day, the soldiers just hung out together for a few hours, forgetting the war and their own differences. If any more proof is needed, here's some of the [[http://peashooter85.[[https://web.archive.org/web/20170329003600/http://peashooter85.tumblr.com/post/117349618997/today-in-history-april-25th-1945-elbe-day photos]] taken on that day.
30th Jan '17 9:21:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maximilian_Kolbe St. Maximilian Kolbe]]: A Polish priest and monk who, during WorldWarTwo, sheltered 2,000 Jews in his monastery. He also operated an illegal underground radio station that vilified Nazism. Eventually he was arrested and sent to Auschwitz. While there, the camp commander ordered 10 prisoners from Kolbe's cell block starved to death to deter escape attempts. One of the prisoners selected cried out that he had a family, and Kolbe volunteered to take his place. Kolbe led the others in songs and prayer for three weeks, telling them they would soon be with the Virgin Mary in heaven. At the end, the guards came in to kill Kolbe. Kolbe held out his arm and prayed while he received a lethal injection. Kolbe was declared a saint in 1982. He is the patron of political prisoners.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maximilian_Kolbe St. Maximilian Kolbe]]: A Polish priest and monk who, during WorldWarTwo, World War Two, sheltered 2,000 Jews in his monastery. He also operated an illegal underground radio station that vilified Nazism. Eventually he was arrested and sent to Auschwitz. While there, the camp commander ordered 10 prisoners from Kolbe's cell block starved to death to deter escape attempts. One of the prisoners selected cried out that he had a family, and Kolbe volunteered to take his place. Kolbe led the others in songs and prayer for three weeks, telling them they would soon be with the Virgin Mary in heaven. At the end, the guards came in to kill Kolbe. Kolbe held out his arm and prayed while he received a lethal injection. Kolbe was declared a saint in 1982. He is the patron of political prisoners.



* During WorldWar2 and the London bombings, Queen Elizabeth[[note]]Not the present Queen Elizabeth II, but her mother, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the Queen Consort[[/note]] refused to leave Buckingham Palace, sharing the difficulties and dangers as the rest of her people, even when the Palace was being bombed. When asked why, she replied:

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* During WorldWar2 World War 2 and the London bombings, Queen Elizabeth[[note]]Not the present Queen Elizabeth II, but her mother, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the Queen Consort[[/note]] refused to leave Buckingham Palace, sharing the difficulties and dangers as the rest of her people, even when the Palace was being bombed. When asked why, she replied:



* What Canada did for Netherlands during WorldWar2:

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* What Canada did for Netherlands during WorldWar2:World War 2:
24th Jan '17 4:53:10 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* [[http://allday.com/post/3001-heartwarming-moments-during-the-bloodiest-wars/pages/2/ Heartwarming Moments During the Bloodiest Wars]] has some of the sweetest WW2 photos that really show that there can be kind moments in war.

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* [[http://allday.com/post/3001-heartwarming-moments-during-the-bloodiest-wars/pages/2/ [[http://www.allday.com/heartwarming-moments-during-the-bloodiest-wars-2180797176.html Heartwarming Moments During the Bloodiest Wars]] has some of the sweetest WW2 photos that really show that there can be kind moments in war.
24th Jan '17 4:48:40 PM TheWildWestPyro
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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1d4Z0FtRI7A This was so awesome and heartwarming that Sabaton wrote a song about it.]] There's also a book about it called A Higher Call and a movie adaptation of it in the works.

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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1d4Z0FtRI7A com/watch?v=x02g4-XT_VU This was so awesome and heartwarming that Sabaton wrote a song about it.]] There's also a book about it called A Higher Call and a movie adaptation of it in the works.
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