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Wed Oct 2, 2013, 12:45 AM

Egyptian doctor becomes first Arab recognized for saving Jews during Holocaust

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial museum, has added an Egyptian doctor to the ranks of Gentiles recognized as “Righteous Among Nations” for aiding Jews during the Holocaust.

Dr. Mohamed Helmy is the first Arab to be honored in the 50-year span of the project, which has recognized 24,911 individuals from 44 countries.

Yad Vashem, located in Jerusalem, learned of Helmy through letters written by several Jewish survivors he helped. The letters were found in a Berlin archive and recently passed along to Yad Vashem’s Righteous Among Nations department.

Helmy moved to Berlin for medical studies in 1922 and went on to work at a hospital, but his professional progress was thwarted by Nazi racial policies, and he was even arrested in 1939 and held for a year. Nevertheless, when a 21-year-old Jewish patient of his, Anna Boros (later Gutman), sought his help, he sheltered her in a cabin he owned in Berlin and moved her to friends’ homes from time to time to prevent her from being discovered. He also helped to hide three of her relatives, with the help of Frieda Szturmann, whom Yad Vashem has honored along with Helmy.

Read more: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/Olive-Press/2013/1001/Egyptian-doctor-becomes-first-Arab-recognized-for-saving-Jews-during-Holocaust



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Behind the Aegis Oct 2013 OP
Loudly Oct 2013 #1
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dipsydoodle Oct 2013 #3
Loudly Oct 2013 #4
jessie04 Oct 2013 #5
leftynyc Oct 2013 #6
Nye Bevan Oct 2013 #7

Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Wed Oct 2, 2013, 01:09 AM

1. I think this is a hoax, unfortunately.

 

Yad Vashem is a place, not a person. Named after a verse in Torah.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yad_Vashem

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Response to Loudly (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 2, 2013, 01:16 AM

2. I think you misread.

Dr. Mohamed Helmy was inducted into Yad Vashem.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 2, 2013, 04:33 AM

3. It happens - the misreading I mean.

We all do it from time to time.

Dr. Mohamed Helmy was obviously a good man.

Thanks for posting.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 2, 2013, 04:50 AM

4. I did, sorry. Good for Yad Vashem for honoring him.

 

He certainly deserves the recognition.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Wed Oct 2, 2013, 06:52 AM

5. Thank you for posting.

 

obviously a well deserved honor. great person

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Wed Oct 2, 2013, 07:32 AM

6. Yad Vashem

 

is a place where time stands still - I've never felt that way about a place before I went there. Very glad they're trying to honor all the heroes of that time.

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Wed Oct 2, 2013, 08:03 AM

7. People like this gentleman showed incredible bravery.

Always interesting to hear these stories.

I just finished the book "Countrymen" about the escape of the Danish Jews to Sweden to avoid the Holocaust. Fascinating and highly recommended.

http://www.amazon.com/Countrymen-ebook/dp/B00C0ALYKS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380715208&sr=8-1&keywords=countrymen

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