Marie Nachmias, 92, elected to light one of the 12 torches on Israel's Independence Day 'in recognition of her kindness and compassion to the most vulnerable members of society,' April 30, 2019. Rami Shlush

This Woman Took in 52 Arab and Jewish Children – and Received One of Israel's Highest Honors

Marie Nachmias escaped the German invasion of Tunisia and had nearly 100 biological descendants, but it's the dozens of foster children she took in that earned her the honor of lighting an Independence Day torch

On October 6, 1973, the day the Yom Kippur War broke out, Marie Nachmias had a premonition that something awful was about to happen to her youngest son Shaul, who served as a combat medic.

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