January 25, 2007

Holocaust honor for Arab who saved Jews from Nazis

Tunisian Khaled Abdelwahhab, an Arab who saved the lives of two dozen Jews during the Holocaust, is poised to become the first Arab to be celebrated as a Righteous Gentile by Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust remembrance authority. A survivor told American Jewish researcher Robert Satloff, executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, that Abdelwahhab had rescued 23 Jews, including her family, as they sheltered in an olive oil factory for the remaining six months of the German occupation after being thrown out of their homes by German soldiers. More than 1.5 million Jews lived in northern Africa during the Second World War and were subject to persecution by the Nazis and their allies there.