Social Justice Stories

building compassion, tolerance, and responsible citizenship through social justice narratives

Set in Budapest, the capital city of Hungary, a country in Central Europe. Although the Hungarian government had restricted the activities of its Jewish population, it was not until the 1944 Nazi invasion that Jews began to be deported. By 1945, 550,000 Hungarian Jews had been murdered in concentration camps in nearby Poland. Many Jewish parents were desperate to find hiding places for their children. Some non-Jews responded, coming forward to bravely offer help. There were institutions that hid Jewish children, such as the one described in Guardian Angel House. The nuns of the Convent of the Sisters of Charity St. Vincent de Paul, protected 120 children, providing them shelter until liberation in February of 1945.