Film About Herman Stern’s Act of Humanity


FARGO, N.D. ( – The late Herman Stern of Valley City saved more than 125 lives from Nazi German death camps back in the 1930’s.

A documentary called the “Mission of Herman Stern” was shown last night at the Fargo Theater.

Herb Jonas’s family was saved thanks to the efforts of his distant cousin. Jonas and his wife Bonita shared their thoughts about Herman Stern in an interview with reporter Steve Urness.

Stern’s act of humanity was recognized via of a historical marker that describes his efforts to save lives. The marker is erected in Veteran Memorial Park in Valley City.

Documentary Director/Producer Art Phillips said Stern’s selfless efforts to help others, deserves to be told on film.

Stern was also the subject of a book called: “You Have Been Kind Enough to Assist Me: written by Terry Shoptaugh of Moorhead. The biography details how Stern saved more than 125 lives destined for Hitler’s concentration camps.

Stern’s grandson Rick said his grandfather never liked publicity, he thought it was bragging. Rick said he’s honored that his grandfather is receiving this kind of recognition for his act of kindness.

Herman Stern owned the Straus Clothing store and was instrumental in getting the North Dakota Winter Show Arena built in Valley City. He was also one of the founder’s of the Greater North Dakota Chamber that promotes the state. He died in 1980 at the age of 92.

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Herb & Bonita Jonas. His family was saved by Herman Stern. Photos by Steve Urness.

Tribute to Herman Stern marker along east main in Valley City.

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