Herbert Herd

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Herbert Herden (born January 8, 1915 in Aylsdorf , † February 11, 2009 in Flossenbürg ) was a German police officer .

Herd worked in the police intelligence service in Krakow during World War II . In this activity he made contacts with resistance groups. He used his position to help Jewish families escape from persecution by the National Socialists . He temporarily hid some refugees in his own apartment.

In 1944, Herd was denounced and taken to the Dachau concentration camp . When Herd was to be transferred to the front in the last months of the war, he managed to escape and went into hiding until the collapse of National Socialist Germany. In 1949 he moved with his wife Inge von Schlesien to Flossenbürg in Upper Palatinate .

By a former prisoner of the concentration camp Flossenburg , the Commission learned Holocaust -Gedenkstätte Yad Vashem by the humanitarian merits Herdens. She then awarded him the honorary title Righteous Among the Nations , with which non-Jewish people are honored for their extraordinary commitment to persecuted Jews. A representative of the Israeli embassy in Berlin presented Herden with a medal and certificate on November 4, 2004 in the town hall of Flossenbürg.

Herden cited his deeply rooted values ​​as a motivation for his actions: “ I acted as a Christian. It was a faithful obligation for me to help people. "

Individual evidence

  1. ^ About the person: Herbert Herden on oberpfalznetz.de
  2. Herbert Herden on the website of Yad Vashem (English)

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