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Tadeusz 'Tad' Kublicki

gritfire kublicki to postTadeusz 'Tad' Kublicki was two weeks shy of his 20th birthday when the Nazis invaded his native Poland in 1939. The Nazis forced him to work in a cable factory, and his hopes of becoming a mechanical engineer were brought to a standstill.

While working at the factory, he met Maria Dawidowicz, a young woman working in the drafting department. In the fall of 1943, Maria called her mother at home, but a strange man answered the telephone. Maria told her father, who worked in the factory's accounting department, and together they hurried home.

Sensing danger, her father told Maria to wait a short distance away. Her father went to the house alone.

Maria watched in terror as her father and the rest of her entire family were arrested by the Gestapo.

She never saw them again.

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Viktor Frankl

gritfire frankl 2Viktor Frankl was born in Vienna, Austria into a Jewish family. He studied medicine and later as an M.D. specialized in neurology and psychiatry.

In 1944, Frankl and his wife were transported to the Auschwitz concentration camp. He was later moved to a camp affiliated with Dachau. There he spent long months working as a slave laborer in icy winter weather. His wife was transferred from Auschwitz to another camp, where unknown to Frankl at the time, she died. Frankl's mother was murdered by the Nazis in the gas chambers of Auschwitz, and his brother also died at Auschwitz.

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Mahatma Gandhi

gritfire ghandi 2Mahatma Gandhi was raised in a merchant caste family in India. The Indian classics, especially the stories of Shravana and Harishchandra had a great impact on Gandhi in his childhood and left an indelible impression on his mind. He wrote: "It haunted me and I must have acted Harishchandra to myself times without number." Gandhi's early self-identification with truth and love as supreme values is traceable to these epic characters.

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Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela's parents were illiterate. No one in his family had ever attended school, and he was the first. As a boy he tended cattle and during these long and hard hours outside he developed a "stubborn sense of fairness." After attaining his law degree, he became involved in anti-colonial politics. He was repeatedly arrested for seditious activities.

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