Recha Sternbuch, a Swiss national, was one of the most extraordinary rescue heroines of the Holocaust. Involved in numerous rescue efforts, she was a key player in rescuing of thousands of Jewish victims of Nazism, for ten years, from 1938-1948. She was an Orthodox Jewish housewife and mother, who began her relief efforts as a single person responding to pleas from the hapless refugees who found their way to her. Eventually she created a relief organization (HIJEFS) with international connections that became one of the more effective rescue agencies during the Holocaust.

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