Nazi officer named a Righteous Gentile

Monday, April 11, 2005 | 
Dr. Michael Good of Durham, Connecticut spent the last six years trying to find out more about a Nazi officer, Major Karl Plagge, who saved his mother and 250 other Jews in World War II. “He saw the genocide going on all around him and he felt responsible, and he decided that he was going to help these beleaguered Jews to try to survive,” Good said. Plagge died and was forgotten until Good brought his deeds to light. The search for Plagge’s story became something of an obsession for the American doctor. “I realized that I'm alive today and my children are alive, that we exist because of the actions of this brave man,” Good said. Today, Plagge was honored as a Righteous Gentile at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, in the presence of some of the Holocaust survivors he saved, including Good’s mother. It is an exceptionally rare honor for a Nazi officer.

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