Egyptian doctor is first Arab cited as Righteous Gentile
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An Egyptian doctor was recognized as a Righteous Among the Nations for helping to save a Jewish family during the Holocaust — the first Arab to be so recognized.
Dr. Mohamed Helmy was recognized by the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, the institution announced Sept. 30. The memorial also cited Frieda Szturmann, a German woman, for working with Helmy to rescue the family.
While living in Berlin, Helmy spoke out against Nazi policies and hid a Jewish friend at a cabin he owned and arranged to hide other members of her family at Szturmann’s home. Helmy died in 1982; Szturmann died in 1962. — jta
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