Belfast Telegraph

Editor's Viewpoint: Heroism honoured

It is a fair bet that few people reading this newspaper today will have heard of the name of Sean Lester before. Yet he is a Northern Ireland man of whom we should all be proud.

As a League of Nations High Commissioner in Poland just before World War II, he warned of the rising threat from the Nazis and was such a thorn in their flesh diplomatically that Hitler's party eventually got him removed. Now the city of Gdansk - formerly Danzig - has named one of its council chambers after the Carrickfergus-born grocer's son. That is a fitting tribute to another of Ulster's unsung heroes who bravely stood up to the scourge of totalitarianism at no little risk to himself.

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