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Klara Baić: She Did Everything to Save Us

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Life: 1912 - 1994

Why you should know her: Klara Baić was a Christian and single mother from Hungary. While so many Hungarian Jews were murdered by the Nazis, Ms. Baić sheltered and saved two Jewish boys.

Until March of 1944, Hungary's Jews had been relatively safe from the Nazi regime. But, during the last year of World War II, all but 29% of Hungary's Jews were killed.

When the Nazis began to round up Hungarian Jews, Stevan and Hilda Deneberg were most concerned for their two young sons. Stevan was a dentist and Hilda was a doctor, but above all they were caring parents. Stevan, however, was sent to a labor camp, where he died. When the remaining Jews in the ghetto where Hilda and her sons had been sent were to be transported to Auschwitz, her brother was able to smuggle young Mirko, 11, and Paul, 8, from the ghetto.

Mirko and Paul ended up in the home of Klara Baić, a Christian woman with a young daughter of her own. Despite certain execution if she was found harboring Jews, Klara took the two boys in, even preparing a hiding place in case of Nazi raids. After the war, Mirko would remember that "Klara shared everything with us and did everything to save us."

Once Hungary was liberated by the Allies, Klara Baić had indeed saved Mirko and Paul. And while the boys' father had perished during the Holocaust, they were reunited with their mother, who survived. For her part in sheltering the boys until they could again see their beloved mother, Klara Baić was posthumously named Righteous Among the Nations in 2007.

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