These days, it seems like incredible acts of kindness are few and far in between. However, when they do happen, it’s important that we celebrate them. Not only to celebrate the individual committing the gesture of generosity, but also to hopefully inspire others to carry out similar good works. The acts of kindness we rounded up here are borne out of a diverse range of circumstances, but what they hold in common is that they demonstrate the inherent altruistic spirit and its power to effect positivity on the world.

1. Protecting People At All Costs

During World War II, German industrialist Oskar Schindler saved the lives of over 1,000 Jews by employing them in his various factories. Schindler bribed Nazi officials with large sums of money and luxury goods in order to protect his workers from being sent to the concentration camps and their likely deaths. Schindler nearly spent his entire fortune on bribes to ensure the safety of his employees.

Schindler’s courageous story was portrayed in the 1982 novel Schindler’s Ark, written by Thomas Keneally, and the book’s subsequent 1993 Oscar-winning film adaptation, Schindler’s List, directed by Steven Spielberg. The part of Oskar Schindler was played by Liam Neeson.

Schindler’s List (1993), Universal Pictures

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