Israel has presented its Holocaust medal posthumously to an Egyptian-born doctor who in wartime Berlin saved Jews. In Berlin to receive the award was Mohammed Helmy’s great nephew from Cairo.
Israeli ambassador Jeremy Issacharoff presented the medal Thursday to Helmy’s descendant, Dr Nasser Kotby, also a physician, in the German Foreign Office.
Thursday’s ceremony was cast as the first time Israel had recognized an Arab as a hero for risking his life to save Jews during World War Two. Read more here.