Yad Vashem Names Egyptian First Arab Righteous Among the Nations

Dr. Mohamed Helmy hid Jews when the deportations from Berlin began, even though he himself was discriminated against by the Nazis.

The Yad Vashem Holocaust museum has named an Egyptian doctor to its list of Righteous Among the Nations - the first Arab to be so honored for rescuing Jews during the Holocaust. Mohamed Helmy and a German friend, Frieda Szturmann, saved a Jewish family when the deportations of Berlin’s Jews began in 1941.