Varian Fry was an American journalist who ran a rescue network in France that helped approximately 2,000 to 4,000 anti-Nazi and Jewish refugees to escape Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. He was the first American to be recognized as “Righteous Among the Nations,” an honorific given by the State of Israel to non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. While working as a foreign correspondent, Fry visited Berlin in 1935, and witnessed Nazi abuse against Jews, which, he said, turned him into an ardent anti-Nazi. “I could not remain idle as long as I had any chances at all of saving even a few of its intended victims,” Fry said.
The movie, which appeared on Showtime in 2000, stars William Hurt with Julia Ormond, Alan Arkin, and Lynn Redgrave. The movie is based on the book, A Hero of Our Own: The Story of Varian Fry, by Sheila Isenberg.
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