Little-known Sister who sheltered Jews from the Nazis is honored in her home town

(Catholic Herald) A religious Sister who sheltered Jews from the Nazis has been honored with a plaque in her home town of Hull.

Sister Agnes Walsh, who died in 1993, helped to save a Jewish family from deportation while at a convent in southern France during the war.

She was recognised as a “Righteous Among the Nations” decades ago by Israel’s Holocaust remembrance centre Yad Vashem but her heroism has long been overlooked in Britain.

The plaque, unveiled by Hull’s lord mayor today, describes her as a “nun and humanitarian who protected Jews during the Holocaust”.

Within a few weeks it will be displayed on the site of the house where she grew up – on Lowgate, opposite the Guildhall, where Hull’s council operates.

Born Ada Vallinda Walsh, Sister Agnes joined the Daughters of Charity, serving in Ireland, Jerusalem and then France, where she ended up at a convent in Cadouin, in the Dordogne region, during the war. [More]


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