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A Latin American lifeline

Chilean Maria Edwards de Errazuriz is a Righteous Gentile featured in ‘The Stories of Saviors and Survivors’ exhibition.

An illustration of Maria Edwards de Errazuriz by Eli Deitch, based on an old photograph
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An increasing number of stories have come to light about acts of kindness toward Jews during the Holocaust, often from unlikely sources – as evidenced by the addition of names to the Righteous Among the Nations section of Yad Vashem. One name introduced in 2006 was Maria Edwards de Errazuriz, the widow of a Chilean diplomat who was in Paris in 1940 when the Germans invaded France. De Errazuriz is one of the heroic non-Jewish Latin Americans whose story features in “The Stories of Saviors and Survivors” exhibition, which will be unveiled at the Jerusalem House of Quality next week.

The exhibition includes facsimiles of passports and other documents used to get Jews out of Nazi-occupied Europe to safe havens in Latin America. There are also gripping videos of interviews with four Holocaust survivors, as well as two with descendants of Chilean diplomats who helped Jews during World War II, and one with a Chilean Foreign Ministry official who researched some of his predecessors’ efforts to save Jews during the Holocaust.

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