Presentation on theme: "ANTON SCHMID By: Brandon Robinson. Anton Schmid Anton Schmid was an Austrian conscript to the Wehrmacht in World War II who, as a sergeant (feldwebel)"— Presentation transcript:
ANTON SCHMID By: Brandon Robinson
Anton Schmid Anton Schmid was an Austrian conscript to the Wehrmacht in World War II who, as a sergeant (feldwebel) in Vilnius, Lithuania, was executed by his superiors for helping around Jewish men, women, and children escape from extermination by the Nazi SS during the European Jewish Holocaust. He did this by hiding them, supplying them with false ID papers and helping them escape.
The post-war Federal Republic of Germany renamed a military base in Rendsburg "Feldwebel-Schmid-Kaserne" in honor for his courage. In Haifa, Israel, the entry to town from the southern freeway is named "Anton Schmid Circus" in his honor.
On 16 May 1967, the Israeli government paid tribute to Sergeant Anton Schmid. Yad Vashem awarded him recognition as a "Righteous Among the Nations" and presented his widow with the medal bearing the inscription: "Whoever saves one life - saves the world entire.”
Quotes His last words in a letter to his family: “Ich habe nur als Mensch gehandelt und wollte ja niemandem weh tun.“ ("I have only acted as a human and I did not want to hurt anyone.") (This picture is his marriage certificate)
in 1942, Sergeant Anton Schmid was executed for high treason. His crime: saving the lives of Jews in Nazi-occupied Vilna, Poland (now part of Lithuania and called Vilnius).