Family of Arab Who Saved Jews during Holocaust Rejects Israeli Recognition

(AP) Sebastian Scheiner - Mohamed Helmy was an Egyptian doctor who lived in Berlin and hid several Jews during the Holocaust. Last month, he was honored by Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial as "Righteous Among the Nations" - honoring those who risked great personal danger to rescue Jews from the Nazis. But Mervat Hassan, the wife of Helmy's great-nephew, told AP in Cairo that her relatives wouldn't accept the award. In reaction, on Sunday Yad Vashem said: "We regret that political sentiment seems to have overcome the human aspect and hope one day that the latter will prevail."

2017-10-23 00:00:00

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