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ISRAEL-EGYPTIAN HOLOCAUST RESCUER
Israel's national Holocaust memorial honors first Arab for saving Jews during the Holocaust
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, September 30, 2013 10:51 AM EDT
Israel's Holocaust memorial says it is posthumously honoring an Egyptian doctor who risked his life to rescue Jews during World War II, the first Arab to receive the prestigious recognition of "Righteous Among the Nations."
The memorial awards the honor to non-Jews who risked great danger to save Jews during the Holocaust. Shalev says a few dozen Muslims have been recognized, but no Arabs because Nazi Germany occupied North Africa only briefly and locals helping Jews faced little physical threat.
Yad Vashem says it is searching for living relatives of Helmy to present the award.