Saving Jewish women from the Nazis by marrying them

Agnes Grunwald-Spier tells the story of Charles Fawcett, an American art student in France who had an unusual method of saving Jewish women during the Nazi occupation: by marrying them. This gave the women special status as the wife of a US citizen and allowed them to flee the country. At one point he was married to six at once, a feat made possible by the efforts of the French Resistance.

Storyteller: Agnes Grunwald-Spier

Date of Story: 1940-1944
Location of Story: Marseille, France
Location: London, UK
Date: 28 February, 2016

Charles Fawcett and Agnes in London, September 1998
Charles and April Fawcett with Tony Blair, at Holocaust Memorial Day 2006 in Cardiff

You can read about this story and others in Agnes’ book The Other Schindlers. Agnes Grunwald-Spier has collected the stories of 30 individuals who rescued Jews, providing a new insight into why these people were prepared to risk so much for their fellow men and women. With a foreword by one of the leading experts on the subject, this is an ultimately uplifting account of how some good deeds really do shine in a weary world. Click here to find out more about The Other Schindlers or click here to visit Agnes’ website