Each week we recognize a Gentile whose bravery and love helped Jewish people, most of them during the Holocaust. Many of these heroes were never recognized during their lifetimes, despite the lives they saved, and this week's Advocate and Ally is no different. The Jerusalem Post's Eytan Halon tells us about Frank Foley, a British spy for MI6 (just like James Bond!), who saved more than 10,000 Jews during this dark chapter of history:
MI6 honored Foley, who died in 1958, with the unveiling of a bust at the agency's London headquarters. The ceremony was attended by family members and the Holocaust Education Trust.
Foley's cover story for his espionage activity in Germany was his work as a passport control officer at the Berlin embassy, moving to Berlin in 1920 to report on the changes taking place in the country.
Visas issued by Foley, who was described as "the Scarlet Pimpernel" at the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, enabled German Jews to "legally" emigrate to Britain or Palestine.
Despite not being protected by diplomatic immunity, Foley risked arrest and even his life by entering concentration camps, including Sachsenhausen, to present camp authorities with visas issued for Jewish prisoners, enabling them to escape.
Foley also hid Jewish families fleeing from persecution in his home...
“With little regard for his personal safety he took a stance against evil. Despite exposing himself to significant personal risk, Frank made a decision to help. He knew the dire consequences were he to get caught..."