Six million innocent Jews, among them 1.5 million children, were murdered during the Holocaust. However, tens of thousands of Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe were rescued by gentiles, non-Jewish individuals.
The title Righteous Among the Nations is awarded to non-Jewish individuals who risked their lives and the lives of their families to rescue Jews during the Holocaust.
The price that rescuers paid if caught was extermination. In some cases entire villages were executed.
When many collaborated with the Nazis or turned a blind eye to the mass deportation and systematic murder of Jews, these individuals, guided by their moral convictions, demonstrated that ordinary people are capable of extraordinary courage.
As of today, more than 26,000 individuals from 51 countries have been recognized as Righteous Among the Nations.