BBC Tyne & Wear tells the lovely story of two opera fanatics, Ida and Luise Cook, who used their 1930s visits to opera houses in Austria and Germany to help oppressed people save their possessions and their lives.
‘The funny thing is we weren’t the James Bond type – we were just respectable Civil Service typists,’ said Ida.
‘This friend opened our eyes into the appalling situation Jewish people in Germany found themselves in. They were without any rights as human beings at all.’
As a permanent reminder of the sisters’ heroism, on Friday Sunderland Council unveiled a blue plaque at the entrance of Croft Avenue, which was their childhood home.
Read the full, heroic story here.