The act of salvation
The Metropolitan tried to organize aid to the Jews. Especially successful were his actions for the deliverance of Jewish children. It was dangerous to keep any written documents of the rescue efforts, which under the instruction of the Metropolitan were carried by monks and nuns (especially Studite Charter). The exact number of Jews rescued by Metropolitan mediation is presently unknown, but we estimate about 150 people.
The help of Sheptytsky, as evidenced by the memoirs of D. Kahane and K. Levine, as well as from other witnesses’ memoirs and a very small circle of documents, planned and organized work to counter the crime. The Metropolitan directed the priests of his diocese to issue false identification to the Jews to help them to hide. The Metropolitan personally met with only a few persons whom he helped.
The Metropolitan hid Rabbi D. Kahane and Kurt Levine, the son of Rabbin E. Levine directly in his own Chambers.
Among the closest members of the Metropolitan who organized the hiding of Jews were Klymenty Sheptytsky, Fr. Marco Stack, Fr. Volodymyr Hrytsay (personal secretary of the Metropolitan), Fr. Ivan Kotiv (a collaborator of the Metropolitan Ordinariate), Ivan Hirnyi (the Metropolitan's Chauffeur), Abbess Josepha Viter, and Abbess Monika Polyanska. K. Sheptytsky, M. Stack and J.
Viter received the honorary title of the Righteous among the nations for the salvation of Jews. Metropolitan Sheptytsky did not receive such title.
Sheptytsky was probably the only Catholic bishop who personally hid and personally organized a network of people, institutions and places of shelter for the salvation of the Jews. Since for hiding Jews, the population of Galicia and Ukraine was usually punished by death, Sheptytsky himself was an example of a sacrifice for the sake of his neighbour.