Fact: There's never a wrong time to sing the praises of these eight inspiring Nazi-fighting heroes. From "The White Mouse" to the British magician, the people and groups in this list fought Adolf Hitler and the Nazis in a number of creative and powerful ways. Think of the night witches, who were boss bomber pilots, or Adolfo Kaminsky, who was a secret passport fabricator. Defeating evil requires more than just guns—it takes guts, education, wits...and magic? Learn more in the list below, and click the images to get the whole story on each one.
1. Irena Sendler
Though not Jewish herself, Sendler was shocked and disturbed at what was happening around her in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1939. She created fake documents to smuggle thousands of Jewish children out of ghettos.
2. Nancy Wake
"The White Mouse" began her work in WWII as a nurse, but transformed her role into a high-level officer trained in espionage and sabotage that led guerilla attacks on Nazi stations.
3. Adolfo Kaminsky
Though just a teenager, Kaminsky was the lab director for a secret Jewish resistance group. Their Parisian lab fabricated passports for children and families who were about to be deported to concentration camps.
4. The Night Witches
The night witches were an all-female brigade of Soviet pilots that dropped bombs on Nazis. They were called night witches because they flew at night and their planes were dangerously light.
5. Jasper Maskelyne
The famous magician was initially recruited to entertain British troops during WWII. But somehow, he convinced British officials that his illusions could aid in the fight againt Nazis—and they did.
6. Leonore Goldschmidt
A Jewish teacher, Goldschmidt was forced to leave her profession when Nazi law was enacted in 1933. She took advantage of loopholes to open a school and continue teaching Jewish children.
7. Joan Pujol Garcia
Though he received medals of honor from the Allies as well as the Nazis, Garcia gave the Nazis false information, true but nonessential information, and true critical information that arrived purposely just a little too late.
8. William Patrick Stuart-Houston
William was the nephew of Adolf Hitler, but he rejected his familial ties to the Nazi party. He begged the American president for the chance to join the U.S. military, eventually helping them fight the Nazis.