Oskar Schindler is perhaps the most famous Righteous Gentile — famous for both the many Jews he saved during the Holocaust, as well as the words and pictures that have lauded his actions in the years since World War II. However, as you may have seen in various Advocates and Allies we have featured, countless other Gentiles stood up for the Jewish people during this dark chapter in history, with many of them being described as their respective nation's "Schindler." Abdol Hussein-Sardari is one of these Righteous Among the Nations, as seen in the above video from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and in this story by Jewniverse's Zachary Solomon which details how the Iranian diplomat saved hundreds of Jews from the Nazis:
Sardari hosted banquets, winning the trust of certain Nazi officials who disagreed with Hitler’s racist policies. Then, he did something extraordinary: He invented a religion.
The Mosaique religion, of which Sardari claimed Iranian Jews were members, was described as unrelated to Judaism: “Some of the sixteen million Iranians…are converts to the Mosaique faith…they are descendants of the Aryan Indo-European race, with no relationship to the European Jewish race.”
Using Nazi bureaucracy against them, Sardari reclassified 100 Iranian Jewish families and secured their deportation. Even later, after Iran declared war on Germany in 1942, Sardari used hundreds of blank passports to save more Jews...