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Doyle Glass

Author of the upcoming book Benoist’s War

What makes a hero?

The first thing that comes to mind is a person of extraordinary abilities and larger-than-life personality.  But in reality, most heroes are ordinary people acting in the best interest of others, often in disregard for their own safety.  In the words of renowned psychologist Philip Zimbardo, “… the key to heroism is a concern for other people in need—a concern to defend a moral cause, knowing there is a personal risk, done without expectation of reward.”

Here is a collection of short articles about ordinary heroes.

Witold Pilecki

Witold Pilecki

Known as "The man who sneaked into Auschwitz", Witold Pilecki risked his own life to find out what was really going on in what was assumed to be a POW camp. Leaving behind his wife and children, Pilecki joined a group of Poles whom the Germans were rounding up in...

Why is the world not here?

Why is the world not here?

Marie Colvin had reported from war zones in East Timor, Libya, Kosovo, Chechnya, Iran, Iraq and Sri Lanka, and she knew that going into Syria would be risky. But she had to tell the story of what was happening there, despite the risks. “Bravery is not being afraid to...

Officer Mark Conklin

Officer Mark Conklin

Shortly after midnight last July, Officer Mark Conklin was on a routine call in Jamestown NY when a man ran up to his car, yelling that there was a fire and pointing to a plume of smoke. Conklin ran through yards, jumped a fence, and came upon a house engulfed in...

“It’s meant for the men.”

“It’s meant for the men.”

It takes a lot of guts to crawl up to an active machine gun nest and take it out. Second Lieutenant Charles Hazlitt Upham of the New Zealand Military Forces did it 3 times in one day. During one week in May, 1941, Lieutenant Upham led his platoon against 3 different...

Yulia Korol

Yulia Korol

12-year-old Yulia Korol and her twin brother Dmitri were orphans living with their grandmother in Moscow in 2016. In the early summer of that year they were excited to be attending the Park Hotel Syamozero camp, in northern Russia's Karelia region, not far from...

Lydia Cacho

Lydia Cacho

Amnesty International describes her as "perhaps Mexico's most famous investigative journalist and women's rights advocate." Lydia Cacho knows that recognition comes with a cost. In the middle of the night in 2004, she was arrested at her home in Cancún and driven by...