"Women of Valor"

Stories of Women Who Rescued Jews During the Holocaust

A little over half of the Righteous Among the Nations recognized by Yad Vashem are women. While many of them acted in cooperation with other family members, some of these courageous women were the initiators of the rescue and acted independently to save Jews. Here are some of their stories.

  • Sofka Skipwith

    Sofka Skipwith

    Russia, United Kingdom

    The Russian princess who saved Jews while she was incarcerated in the Vittel camp in France

  • Suzanne Spaak

    Suzanne Spaak


    The mother of two who left the comfort of her upper-class home in Paris to join the Underground and rescue Jews

  • Jeanne Daman

    Jeanne Daman


    The Belgian teacher who was outraged by the persecution of the Jews and joined a rescue network

  • Johanna Eck

    Johanna Eck


    The Berlin housewife who hid Jews in her small apartment

  • Irena Sendler

    Irena Sendler


    The Zegota activist who smuggled children out of the Warsaw Ghetto

  • Anna Igumnova

    Anna Igumnova

    Slovakia, Russia

    The widowed chemist who escaped from the Soviet Union, and saved her Jewish colleague and her child in Slovakia

  • Klara Baić

    Klara Baić


    The Serbian single mother who sheltered two Jewish boys in her home

  • Maria Agnese Tribbioli

    Maria Agnese Tribbioli


    The Mother Superior of a convent in Florence where Jewish families were hidden during the German raids

  • Elisabeta Strul

    Elisabeta Strul


    The young Romanian worker who sheltered her Jewish neighbors during the Iasi pogrom

  • Ludviga Pukas

    Ludviga Pukas


    The Ukrainian maid who remained faithful to her employer, hiding her and her children

  • Caecilia Loots

    Caecilia Loots

    The Netherlands

    The Dutch director of a private school who hid Jews in the school building

  • Lois Gunden

    Lois Gunden

    United States

    The American Mennonite from Goshen, Indiana, who saved Jewish children in France

  • Karolina Juszczykowska

    Karolina Juszczykowska


    The Polish woman who was executed for hiding two Jews in her home

  • Antonina Gordey

    Antonina Gordey


    The Belorussian nanny who let her relatives believe that the little girl she was hiding was her illegitimate child

  • Bronislava Krištopavičienė

    Bronislava Krištopavičienė


    The Lithuanian nurse whose husband had been murdered by the Soviets, and who saved a Jewish child from Kovno

  • Sofia Kritikou

    Sofia Kritikou


    The impoverished single mother who hid Jews in her home near Athens, despite her own personal difficulties

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