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These Regular People Changed History With Their Brave Actions

Back when we were in history class and studied wars and revolutions, all the attention was given to the monarchs, dictators, and civil organization leaders who were the visible faces of these events. However, many of the regular citizens who changed history remained anonymous. Today, we’ve picked five stories that show that ordinary people can also leave a significant footprint on the world, even if their names aren’t remembered, or their pictures aren’t featured in history books!

Irena Sendler

There are many stories about people risking their lives to save others during a war or genocide. Irena Sendler’s mission began in 1939 when Nazi Germany invaded Poland. At the time, she was a 29-year-old social worker in Warsaw.

Image courtesy of ElPais

Not only did she provide Jews with food and shelter, but she also saved around 3,000 children from the Warsaw Ghetto by pretending to be a nurse. When the Nazis kidnapped and tortured her, she refused to give out information about the people she had saved.

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