RAMALLAH, Apr. 12 (JMCC) - As part of Holocaust Memorial Day, Jews worldwide honor those Gentiles who sheltered and saved the lives of Jews from persecution by the Nazis during World War II.
Yet, missing from the list of 20,000 remembered as 'righteous among the nations' are those Arabs who risked their lives to save Jews from internment and extermination.
To coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day, the US television station PBS will air a documentary this week in its series Among the Righteous: Lost Stories from the Holocaust in Arab Lands, which will detail the case for Abdul-Wahab and speculate that there are other cases of Arabs who helped their Jewish neighbours during the second world war.Read
The documentary is based on a book by Robert Satloff, a Jewish historian and executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Satloff said he hoped Abdul-Wahab's case would be looked at in a new light. Three years ago the righteous among the nations case for him was turned down by Yad Vashem, the body that rules on candidates. I am certainly hopeful that the documentary puts the spotlight back on the story of Abdul-Wahab and also other Arab rescuers, Satloff told the Observer. I am hopeful that the powers-that-be will be prepared to take another look at this case. I think the evidence is compelling.
the full article at The Guardian