Family of Egyptian doctor refuses Israel honour

A member of the family of the first Arab honoured by Israel for risking his life to save Jews during the Holocaust says the family isn’t interested in the recognition.

The Egyptian doctor, Mohamed Helmy, was honoured posthumously last month by Israel’s Holocaust memorial for hiding Jews in Berlin during the Nazis’ genocide, but a family member tracked down by The Associated Press this week in Cairo said her relatives wouldn’t accept the award, one of Israel’s most prestigious.

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In 1969, Dr. doctor Mohamed Helmy and his wife (right) hosted the woman he saved, Anna Boros-Gutman and her daughter in Berlin.

 

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