Have you ever thought of what it means to demonstrate courage as a social worker? My guess is we’ve all had moments when we needed to stiffen our backs, keep the NASW Code of Ethics in mind & “do the right thing”in the face of adversity.
That said, let me introduce you to two women who you’ve probably never heard of and the incredible courage they demonstrated in the face of unspeakable adversity. I came to learn of them on a recent trip to Berlin where I visited the Silent Heroes Memorial. Simply put, these two individuals and many others stood up to Nazi atrocities.
Hilde Ephraim was a social worker who supported Jewish aid organizations. In 1936, she was arrested and tortured by the Gestapo. On September 20, 1940, she was murdered by Hitler’s SS.
Alice Salomon is credited as being a founder of Social Work in Germany. She was a pioneer in the fight for equality for women as well as suffrage for women. She helped many Jewish women leave Germany when Hitler came to power. In 1939, Hitler’s Gestapo forced her to leave Germany and had her doctorate revoked. She died in New York in 1948.
When you face a situation demanding courage, I ask you to remember these two courageous social workers.
Now, you know about two members of our profession that we can all draw courage from.
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