Sunday, January 22, 2012
A member of the French resistance in World War II, Madeleine Barot risked her life to save so many Romani people, Jews, and political activists from the Nazis that the number cannot even be estimated. Many of those she rescued had already been chosen for extermination in the death camps, so her actions were later recognized by a number of governments and organizations. Despite her unwillingness to use violence (as others in the Resistance were doing), Barot went so far as to sign a public statement, with other similarly committed people, that they would oppose the police whenever the lives of Jews were threatened and engage in underground or illegal activities in order to rescue them -- no matter what it cost them. Sometimes an in-your-face woman has to hide her face.