Abstract: The present paper follows several biographies ? that we regard as unconventional ? of people from North Transylvania, during the Holocaust and at the beginnings of the communist regime in Romania. This is the story of some Jews ? particularly of the family Hanna Marmor ? from Groși, near Târgu Lăpuș, saved during the Holocaust, more exactly in 1944, by some Romanian locals ? the family of Nicolae Pop, who took thus obvious risks. Life continued to be dangerous in Romania after World War II as well, so that the members of the Pop family joined the anticommunist armed resistance. Nicolae Pop even became the leader of a group of partisans, which eventually led to his death and to his children becoming victims of the Romanian Gulag. The Jews that he saved immigrated in the 1960s to Israel, and Hanna Marmor managed, in the 1990s, to include Nicolae, Maria and Aristina Pop in the ?Righteous Among the Nations? at Yad Vashem. This story does nothing else but ?complicate? a segment of recent history, to remind us of a truism. People?s biographies are complicated; most often they are not the way we might have wanted them to be. But there are cases when they are charged with both a historical and an ethical meaning.