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Persecutions of the
Blessed Vilmos Apor (February 29, 1892 in Segesvar in Transylvania, which was then part of Hungary – April 2, 1945 in Győr, Hungary) was the Bishop of Győr during World War II who became famous for protesting the persecution of the Hungarian Jews. On March 28, 1945 as Soviet troops reached Győr he offered sanctuary to numerous women and children in his residence. When Red Army troops wanted to storm his residence he died trying to protect the women from rape.His whole life he grew up trying to get his place in heaven, for he was a perfect child. His sister helped him through the hardships, and also helped him build up all the charities he started in his life. He became a bishop only at the end of his life. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1997.
Today, there stands a statue in District XII of Budapest in Hungary in his honour and the place itself has been named Apor Vilmos Tér according to the Hungarian standard of name order.
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