For the 23rd consecutive year, the B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem and Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael – Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) hosted a joint Holocaust commemoration ceremony on Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day (April 18, 2023). The ceremony, which took place at the B’nai B’rith Martyr’s Forest “Scroll of Fire” Plaza, is the only Yom HaShoah event dedicated annually to commemorating the heroism of Jews who rescued fellow Jews during the Holocaust. Read the event recap here.
The Jewish Rescuers Citation was conferred at the ceremony on 18 heroes who operated in France, Germany, Slovakia, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Holland.
The citation – a joint program of the B’nai B’rith World Center and the Committee to Recognize the Heroism of Jewish Rescuers during the Holocaust – has recognized over 600 heroes since its inception in 2011 in an effort to help correct the generally held misconception that Jews failed to come to the aid of fellow Jews during the Holocaust.
See how media outlets covered the moving commemoration:
The B’nai B’rith World Center and Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael to Celebrate Heroism of Jews Who Rescued Fellow Jews During April 18 Holocaust Commemoration Ceremony
Israel Hayom (before the event)
KKL-JNF, B’nai Brith ceremony to celebrate heroism of Jews during Holocaust
Israel Hayom (after the event)
B’nai B’rith World Center celebrates Jewish heroism at annual Holocaust commemoration ceremony
Israel Nieuws.nl – Joop Soesan (in Dutch)
KKL-JNF/B’nai B’rith hold a ceremony in memory of Jews who saved Jews
Iton Gadol (in Spanish)
B’nai B’rith International and KKL-JNF Remember the Heroism of Jews Who Rescued Other Jews in the Holocaust During Ceremony in Jerusalem
KAN English News – 4/19/2023 (Audio, begin at 19:24)
Maariv Online (in Hebrew)
Forest of the Martyrs: B’nai B’rith and KKL-JNF hold a ceremony to honor Jewish rescuers in the Holocaust
Times of Israel
Jewish Holocaust heroes to be honored for 20th year at Jerusalem ceremony