8. Miriam Jay Was a Jewish Woman Who Hid In Plain Sight
Miriam Jay was a Jewish woman who live on the island of Guernsey, and she worked as a secretary for an insurance broker. When she was given the opportunity to leave the island, she refused, saying that she needed to continue working for her employer, even though she knew that the Nazis had a reputation for killing jews. Somehow, she managed to stay alive during the give years of occupation, even though other Jewish people were deported and sent to concentration camps.
According to the BBC, a German man named Advocate George Ridgway was living in Guernsey since 1935. When the Nazis took over, he went on to write the islands new Anti-Semitic policies. He was responsible for collecting the religious information from all of the island’s citizens, and sent at least three Jewish women to Auschwitz. Miriam Jay was his girlfriend, and the two lived together. Despite knowing that she was supposed to be deported to a concentration camp as well, he kept her identity a secret, and she managed to escape an untimely fate.