Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Wartime Tunisian saviour honoured in US

The Simon Wiesenthal Center in California has honoured the late Khaled Abdelwahab, who saved Jews from the Nazis in Tunisia. He is the first Arab to be named as a 'righteous gentile'.

"Over 500 community activists, students and Holocaust survivors joined Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Councilmember Jack Weiss, Simon Wiesenthal Center officials and members of the diplomatic corps to commemorate Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) at the Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance.

"This year’s commemoration posthumously honor Khaled Abdelwahhab, a Tunisian citizen who rescued 24 Jews including the family of Jacob and Odette Boukris, Jews who lived in Tunisia during the Holocaust. Mr. Abdelwahhab becomes the first Arab to be named by a Jewish organization as a “Righteous Among the Nations.” At the event, Faiza Abdul Wahab, daughter of Khaled Abdelwahhab met for the first time Nadia Bijaoui, daughter of Anny Boukris.On hand to honor Abdelwahhab was Tunisian Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Mohamed Nejib Hachana, who traveled from Washington, D.C. and Robert Satloff, whose book Among the Righteous: Lost Stories from the Holocaust’s Long Reach into Arab Lands, first brought this courageous story to light."

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More on Robert Satloff's book here, here and here





1 comment:

Hannibal said...

Thank you for sharing this with us:)