This is the only event dedicated annually to commemorating the heroism of Jews who rescued fellow Jews during the Holocaust. About 300 border patrol cadets—who provided an honor guard—and 300 students participated in the ceremony together with Jewish rescuers and survivors. The ceremony took place at the B’nai B’rith Martyr’s Forest “Scroll of Fire” Plaza at 10:00 a.m. Israel time.
This year, the ceremony was dedicated to the rescue efforts of Walter Suskind and the Jewish caregivers who saved some 600 children at the crèche (day care center) in Amsterdam.
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There are some Jewish organizations which do honor Jewish rescuers. Since 2011, the B’nai B’rith World Center and the Committee to Recognize the Heroism of Jews who Rescued Fellow Jews During the Holocaust (JRJ) has conferred a joint “Jewish Rescuer’s Citation.” Paldiel and several other survivors sit on the JRJ committee, alongside rescuers and children of survivors and rescuers.
According to the organizations, the citation was established to “correct the public misconception that Jews did not rescue other Jews during the Holocaust.” The citation is given out several times a year and to date, “162 heroes were honored for rescue activities in Germany, France, Hungary, Greece, Slovakia, Yugoslavia, Russia, Lithuania, Poland and Holland.”
Additionally, in cooperation with Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (KKL-JNF), B’nai B’rith holds an annual Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at the B’nai B’rith Martyr’s Forest “Scroll of Fire” Plaza in what it calls “the only event in the world dedicated annually to commemorating the heroism of Jews who rescued fellow Jews during the Holocaust.”