‘I would do it all again’: The last surviving ‘righteous gentile’ who hid Jews in Nazi Austria

Edeltrud Becher shuddered as she heard a knock on the door from unannounced visitors.

It was 1942 in Hitler’s Austria, and there was no way of knowing who could have been paying her an unannounced visit.

But as she opned the door, rather than the terrifying sight of Gestapo officers, her Jewish fiance and his two brothers were on the doorstep, looking nervously over their shoulders.

The three had fled to Prague after the Nazi annexation of Austria in 1938. But by 1942, that city too was in the hands of Hitler’s henchmen.

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