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Monday, April 11, 2005

Israel honors Nazi officer who saved Jews

A German Army officer who saved hundreds of Jews from the Nazi Holocaust in Lithuania has been honoured at a ceremony in Israel. The story of Maj Karl Plagge was unearthed by a US doctor, Michael Good, who began searching in 1999 for the Nazi who had saved his mother. Maj Plagge sheltered about 1,200 Jews at a vehicle workshop, safe from the SS annihilation of the Vilnius ghetto. Plagge, who died in 1957, was honoured by the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial.
It's heartening to know that some compassion can remain, even in the face of a determined campaign of inhumanity.


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