Herman Stern's Mission

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BISMARCK A film was shown at the North Dakota Heritage Center today commemorating a notable North Dakotan.

Herman Stern was born in Germany, but moved to North Dakota in the early 1900's. In the prelude to World War Two he would sponsor a 125 Jews for visas so they could escape the Holocaust.

"I think he did it cause it was the right thing to do. He started getting letters from people over in Germany saying what was going on during the time when Hitler was coming to power," said Art Phillips, the film's director.

Stern was posthumously awarded the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider award in 2014, as award given to North Dakotans that have received national recognition and brought honor to the state.