When asked about her most meaningful accomplishment, Margaret Thatcher, who reshaped British politics as prime minister often said that her greatest accomplishment was helping save a young Austrian girl from the Nazis. In 1938, Edith Muhlbauer, a 17-year-old Jewish girl, wrote to her pen pal, the future prime minister’s older sister, asking if the family might help her escape Hitler’s Austria. The Nazis had begun rounding up the first of Vienna’s Jews after the Anschluss, and Edith and her family worried she might be next. Margaret, then 12, and Muriel, 17, set about raising funds and persuading the local Rotary club to help. Thatcher never forgot the lesson: “Never hesitate to do whatever you can, for you may save a life.”
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