MembersRighteous Muslims Who Saved Jewish Lives During the Holocaust

It is pivotal to recall that some who risked their lives to save Jews were Muslims, among them Turks, Albanians, Arabs and even Iranians

Relatives and friends of Holocaust survivors place flowers on names of concentration camps seen on the floor of the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem. Photo: Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90

The United Nations determined that International Holocaust Remembrance Day is marked annually on January 27, the date of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp. In the eyes of Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, former Chief Rabbi of Israel and Chairman of Yad Vashem, “the date set by the UN as International Holocaust Remembrance Day should be used to commemorate the righteous of other nations, who worked to save Jews in spite of the terrible danger involved.”

Rabbi Lau compares the actions of these people to those of Pharoah’s daughter in ancient times, when she (Exodus 2:6) opened a basket in the Nile River and “saw the child, and behold the baby cried. She had compassion on him and said, ‘This is one of the Hebrew’s children.’” Even though Pharaoh had ordered all the male Hebrew infants to be killed, she defied the murderous decree by finding a Hebrew wet nurse and raising the child as her own.

Rabbi Lau also compares the plight of the Jewish people throughout the Diaspora to that of Job, as “they took our...

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