Rabbi Nathan Cassuto, Chief Rabbi of Florence During the Holocaust, and Members of Jewish Underground to be Honored Tomorrow With Jewish Rescuers Citation
(Jerusalem, Nov. 25, 2019)--The Committee to Recognize the Heroism of Jews who Rescued Fellow Jews during the Holocaust and B'nai B'rith World Center – Jerusalem will present tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 26, the Jewish Rescuers Citation posthumously to Rabbi Nathan Cassuto, chief rabbi of Florence and head of the Jewish underground in Florence during the Holocaust, and Matilda Cassin, a member of the underground. In a unique example of Jewish-Christian cooperation, the group, which included Jews and Christian clergy, endangered their lives to arrange hideouts for hundreds of Jews in Catholic institutions and homes while the Nazis and Fascists sought to capture and deport them to concentration camps.
The citation will be presented to Asher Vardi, son of Matilda Cassin, and David Cassuto, son of Rabbi Nathan Cassuto.
The event will take place at 6 p.m. under the sponsorship of Hevra't Yehud'e Italia Beisrael at the Italian Synagogue, 25 Hillel St., Jerusalem. The date marks 76 years to the day after Cassuto, Don Leto Casini and other members of their rescue group were arrested by the SS at the Azione Cattolica headquarters in Florence. Cassuto was deported to Auschwitz, where he died. Cassin gave herself up to the police in order to free her family that had been arrested, remaining in custody until January 1944, when she was released, escaping later to Switzerland.
Speakers at the event include Sergio DellaPergola, president, Hevra't Yehud'e Italia Beisrael; Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, O.F.M, apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem; H.E. Gianluigi Benedetti, Italian ambassador to Israel; Haim Roet, chairman of the Committee to Recognize the Heroism of Jews who Rescued Fellow Jews During the Holocaust; and Alan Schneider, director, B'nai B'rith World Center-Jerusalem and secretary of the Jewish Rescuer Sub-Committee, who will present the citation.
For further information, please contact Alan Schneider at 972-52-5536441 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
B’nai B’rith International has advocated for global Jewry and championed the cause of human rights since 1843. B’nai B’rith is recognized as a vital voice in promoting Jewish unity and continuity, a staunch defender of the State of Israel, a tireless advocate on behalf of senior citizens and a leader in disaster relief. With a presence around the world, we are the Global Voice of the Jewish Community. Visit www.bnaibrith.org
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