This story from the Warsaw Ghetto of WW II… inspires and frightens at the same time.
He lay Natalie on their front step. Tears ran down his cheeks. You will make it, he thought. She had blond locks and blue eyes. They will think you are a Gentile, not one of us.
The inspiring part is obvious. What is frightening about it? Well, to me it is a reminder that the specter of absolute tyranny is never far away, and it is always reaching, grabbing, and trying to ensnare.
Related… The Atlantic has an excellent ongoing series of photo essays from WW II: