This article originally appeared on The INA Weekly Brief, Monday, May 5. Reprinted with permission.
I’ve recently come across three examples of nannies working in unusual circumstances. They are quite diverse, but at the heart of each of them is the deep sense of care that we pride ourselves on.
The first story is perhaps the most profound. Through my interest in history I learnt about the amazing role that a number of nannies took on in Europe during the Second World War in Europe. Since the war, 66 nannies have been recognised by the Jewish community as ‘Righteous among the nations’, or ‘righteous gentiles’. This honour is bestowed upon non-Jews who put their lives at risk to protect Jews during the holocaust.
It is believed that one of these nannies subsequently came to Melbourne (Australia), though so far I have not been able to track her down.