A quote from the Talmud, a Jewish text, says “whoever saves one life it is considered as if he saved an entire world.” Raoul Wallenberg, from Sweden, and Carl Lutz, from Switzerland, were two non-Jews who risked their lives to save tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Nazis during World War II (WWII).
Another story from the Talmud that I love is about a rabbi (Jewish religious leader) named Johanan Ben Zakkai. After the Romans destroyed the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, the Jews were left without a place to make scarifies to God, and at that time, sacrifices were how people prayed and asked for God’s help. But Jonanan Ben Zakkai told his people not to worry — that they didn’t need to make sacrifices to God anymore. Instead, the way to show God that you believed in Him was through “acts of lovingkindness.”
A bust of Raoul Wallenberg It is a Jewish tradition to place a pebble on any grave that you visit, as a way of saying “I was here.”
This monument to Carl Lutz represents his saving the lives of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust.