History Heartwarming / WorldWarII

18th Aug '17 1:01:17 AM YT45
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*** Galland was a MilitaryMaverick, very young for his rank, [[AFatherToHisMen who was very close to his pilots and ground crews (every man under his command addressed him as "Dolfo") who clashed constantly with Göring (whom Galland openly called "FatBastard," for obvious reasons), until Göring charged him with treason in 1944. Since Galland was too high-profile a hero for the Gestapo to touch him, they instead opted for the UriahGambit, having him lead a special unit of new (and dangerously unreliable) jet fighters on high-risk missions. This unit, ''Jagdverband''-44, was to be made up entirely of men hand-picked by Galland, "to keep all the traitors in one place," according to Göring. This meant that JV-44 not only had a dream team of German aces, but also nothing but men Galland trusted. Stigler was one of the men selected to fly jets in JV-44, according to Galland, because "I always knew you would do the right thing, regardless of the consequences."

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*** Galland was a MilitaryMaverick, very young for his rank, [[AFatherToHisMen who was very close to his pilots and ground crews crews]] (every man under his command addressed him as "Dolfo") who clashed constantly with Göring (whom Galland openly called "FatBastard," for obvious reasons), until Göring charged him with treason in 1944. Since Galland was too high-profile a hero for the Gestapo to touch him, they instead opted for the UriahGambit, having him lead a special unit of new (and dangerously unreliable) jet fighters on high-risk missions. This unit, ''Jagdverband''-44, was to be made up entirely of men hand-picked by Galland, "to keep all the traitors in one place," according to Göring. This meant that JV-44 not only had a dream team of German aces, but also nothing but men Galland trusted. Stigler was one of the men selected to fly jets in JV-44, according to Galland, because "I always knew you would do the right thing, regardless of the consequences."
18th Aug '17 1:00:00 AM YT45
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** Wenck summed the whole thing up with these words: ''"Nicht ein schlacht, ein rettungzaktion"''--"This is not a battle, it's a rescue mission."


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*** Galland was a MilitaryMaverick, very young for his rank, [[AFatherToHisMen who was very close to his pilots and ground crews (every man under his command addressed him as "Dolfo") who clashed constantly with Göring (whom Galland openly called "FatBastard," for obvious reasons), until Göring charged him with treason in 1944. Since Galland was too high-profile a hero for the Gestapo to touch him, they instead opted for the UriahGambit, having him lead a special unit of new (and dangerously unreliable) jet fighters on high-risk missions. This unit, ''Jagdverband''-44, was to be made up entirely of men hand-picked by Galland, "to keep all the traitors in one place," according to Göring. This meant that JV-44 not only had a dream team of German aces, but also nothing but men Galland trusted. Stigler was one of the men selected to fly jets in JV-44, according to Galland, because "I always knew you would do the right thing, regardless of the consequences."
23rd Jul '17 3:58:13 PM nombretomado
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* [[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.

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* [[http://www.allday.com/heartwarming-moments-during-the-bloodiest-wars-2180797176.html Heartwarming Moments During the Bloodiest Wars]] has some of the sweetest WW2 [=WW2=] photos that really show that there can be kind moments in war.
9th Jul '17 10:56:55 AM nombretomado
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* The evacuation of the Jews in Denmark during [[WorldWarTwo World War 2]]: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rescue_of_the_Danish_Jews The wiki article]], [[http://www.auschwitz.dk/denmark.htm another good article...]] [[{{Tearjerker}} If you're ready for tears.]]

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* The evacuation of the Jews in Denmark during [[WorldWarTwo World War 2]]: UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rescue_of_the_Danish_Jews The wiki article]], [[http://www.auschwitz.dk/denmark.htm another good article...]] [[{{Tearjerker}} If you're ready for tears.]]
11th Jun '17 6:38:43 AM Anddrix
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** "[[GenreSavvy You want to know about my motivation, don't you?]] Well. It is the kind of sentiments anyone would have when he actually sees refugees face to face, begging with tears in their eyes. He just cannot help but sympathize with them. Among the refugees were the elderly and women. They were so desperate that they went so far as to kiss my shoes. Yes, I actually witnessed such scenes with my own eyes. Also, I felt at that time, that the Japanese government did not have any uniform opinion in Tokyo. Some Japanese military leaders were just scared because of the pressure from the Nazis; while other officials in the Home Ministry were simply ambivalent. People in Tokyo were not united. I felt it silly to deal with them. So, I made up my mind not to wait for their reply. I knew that somebody would surely complain about me in the future. But, I myself thought this would be the right thing to do. There is nothing wrong in saving many people's lives... The spirit of humanity, philanthropy... neighborly friendship... with this spirit, I ventured to do what I did, confronting this most difficult situation---and because of this reason, I went ahead with redoubled courage." [[BadassPacifist Bad. Ass. Pacifist.]]

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** "[[GenreSavvy You "You want to know about my motivation, don't you?]] you? Well. It is the kind of sentiments anyone would have when he actually sees refugees face to face, begging with tears in their eyes. He just cannot help but sympathize with them. Among the refugees were the elderly and women. They were so desperate that they went so far as to kiss my shoes. Yes, I actually witnessed such scenes with my own eyes. Also, I felt at that time, that the Japanese government did not have any uniform opinion in Tokyo. Some Japanese military leaders were just scared because of the pressure from the Nazis; while other officials in the Home Ministry were simply ambivalent. People in Tokyo were not united. I felt it silly to deal with them. So, I made up my mind not to wait for their reply. I knew that somebody would surely complain about me in the future. But, I myself thought this would be the right thing to do. There is nothing wrong in saving many people's lives... The spirit of humanity, philanthropy... neighborly friendship... with this spirit, I ventured to do what I did, confronting this most difficult situation---and because of this reason, I went ahead with redoubled courage." [[BadassPacifist Bad. Ass. Pacifist.]]
28th May '17 7:56:37 AM roboe
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*** Very much a case of [[Realpolitik]], however, as Best had originally been sentenced to death in the County court. On appeal, the high court reduced the sentence to 5 years, which generated outrage in the Danish population, as Best was percieved to have been responsible for counter-terror. The Supreme court finally settled on a sentence of 12 years, at which point UsefulNotes/WestGermany intervened to have his sentence commuted and Best expelled from Denmark.
27th May '17 4:41:48 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.

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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.
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
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