During the Armenian Genocide, Arshag lived in a camp in Konya, where his family bribed officials to escape deportation. For safety he moved to Istanbul when he was 13, immigrating to the U.S. in 1923.
Esther’s family moved to Italy under false identities during the Second World War. After the war, she moved back to Yugoslavia and started a family, later migrating to Canada.
A soldier in the 761st Tank Battalion, a segregated unit of the U.S. Army, Floyd helped liberate the Gunskirchen concentration camp. He moved to California to be near his sister after the war.
Freddy went into hiding with the help of one of his Hutu classmates during the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. He was reunited with his sister, his only surviving family member, in 1995.
An orphan, Guixiang was forced to fend for herself to survive the Nanjing Massacre, hiding in a hay stack and then a hole she dug herself. At 15, she became a child bride and started a family.
Harry and his family were sent to Buchenwald when he was 15. After escaping and moving to the U.S., Harry served as an army cook and opened two delicatessens after the war.
Itka’s family lived in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1941. After being sent to Auschwitz II-Birkenau, Itka was separated from her family members, who were all killed. In 1953, Itka migrated to the U.S.
Katsugo joined the U.S. Army after the attack on Pearl Harbor, where he faced anti-Japanese discrimination. Katsugo worked to liberate concentration camps in Germany and pursued a political career following this war.
Kizito went into hiding during the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda until he was liberated in July 1994. He later moved to Uganda, where his basketball skills helped him move to the U.S.
Kurt’s parents sent him to the U.S. when he was 17 to protect him from the Nazis. After becoming a U.S. soldier in 1942, he helped liberate Jewish survivors in Czechoslovakia, where he met his wife.
After competing in the Olympics in 1936, Margaret fled to the U.S, retiring her sports career. She sponsored the immigration of fellow athlete Bruno Lambert, who she later married.
Marie-Grace moved throughout Rwanda to escape persecution before and during the Genocide against the Tutsi. After the liberation of Kigali in 1994, she returned home to rebuild her family.
Lt. Gen. Dallaire was Force Commander of the UN Assistance Mission in Rwanda during the Genocide against the Tutsi, where his work saved thousands of lives. He served in the Canadian Senate after the war.