President Obama greets Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council; Sen. Bob Corker (TN), Leonard Wilf, ASYV Chair and Mark Wilf, ASYV Board member.
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President Barack Obama posthumously acknowledged the extraordinary courage and bravery during the Holocaust, of two Americans: Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds and pacifist Lois Gunden, and Walery and Maryla Zbijewski, of Poland, who were honored as Righteous Among the Nations at a ceremony that took place on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C. This was the first time an American President has participated in a Righteous Among the Nations ceremony.
Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council, and Leonard Wilf, Chairman of the American Society for Yad Vashem, were featured in this first-ever tribute to American Righteous Among the Nations in a ceremony on U.S. soil. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered a video message of support for the occasion. Renowned director Steven Spielberg and NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg also participated in the ceremony, as did members of the families of the Righteous, and the survivors they rescued. Sen. Corey Booker of New Jersey and Sen. Bob Corker and Sen. Lamar Alexander, both of Tennessee, attended as well.
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Major Sgt. Roddie Edmonds Lois Gunden Walery & Maryla Zbijewski
Read the New York Times Article here
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