Salvadoran Helped Save Jews in Holocaust

 

Story from The Associated Press, March 1, 2011:

Israel’s Holocaust memorial has added a Salvadoran diplomat to its list of gentiles who risked their lives to help save Jews during World War II.

Jose Arturo Castellanos defied his government by issuing thousands of visas and fake documents that enabled as many as 40,000 Jews to escape death at the hands of the Nazis.

The Yad Vashem memorial says Castellanos is the first Salvadoran to be granted “Righteous Among the Nations” recognition.

El Salvador’s foreign minister says Castellanos’s actions would be “a light unto all future generations.” Three Holocaust survivors whom he helped save attended a ceremony unveiling his name at the memorial on Tuesday.

Castellanos served as El Salvador’s consul general in Switzerland in the 1940s and died in 1977.

[for more on Castellanos see http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/biography/Castellanos.html|

 

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