Sally Noach saved hundreds – but British intelligence officers didn’t believe him. Now a new documentary, Forgotten Soldier, restores his reputation

When Sally Noach, a cigar-smoking Dutch refugee and carpet salesman, arrived in Britain in the middle of the second world war, British intelligence officers doubted his claim to have secured the release of hundreds of imprisoned Jews in southern France.

Now, almost 40 years after his death, his daughter, Lady Irene Hatter, has proved the truth of his story and also tracked down some of the estimated 600 people he saved.

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