“Mary Elmes – Corkwoman, humanitarian and Ireland’s forgotten Holocaust heroine.” The line, “Lest we Forget” applies here. A self-explanatory piece of history which I picked up on from Frank Parker’s reblog. Thanks Frank. (Shameless plug: Since we’re talking about Ireland, Frank Parker is the author of “A Purgatory of Misery” available on Amazon or other book sellers. The book is non-fiction and deals in part with the so-called “potato famine” in Ireland.)
The great events of our past – the wars and the genocides – are just a series of small steps strung together… steps that when looked back upon appear to be a seamless, momentous journey.
And because of that, we tend to overlook many of those very people who created the events that make history so extraordinary.
The name Mary Elmes is not one that conjures up any special memory to most people, and that’s probably just the way the Corkwoman would have wanted it.
Look at her photo and words like ‘refined’, delicate’ and ladylike’ spring to mind. Mary Elmes was all those things and more besides. She was also fearless, iron-willed and relentless in her cause – to bring help and succour to frightened, dispossessed people in fear for their lives. Were it not for Mary, hundreds of children would have died at the hands of the Nazis…
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