Before World War II, Nora Waln wrote a book exposing Hitler and his Nazi plotters. The book, Reaching for the Stars, was intercepted in the German mails on its way to an American publisher. She fled to London, rewrote the book from memory and sent copies to Heinrich Himmler, the Nazi hangman. He took vengeance by imprisoning severn of her anti-Nazi friends. Miss Waln went back to Germany in 1939 and offered her life for the freedom of these friends. Himmler offered to empty a whole prison if she would rewrite the book to make Hitler appear good. In refusing, she said, “I am willing to forfeit my life, but not my beliefs!”
She took a stand, even if it meant her death.