Holocaust Day Ceremony Honoring the Heroism of Jewish Rescuers

KKL-JNF and the B'nai Brith World Center in Jerusalem jointly held a Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony in Martyrs Forest commemorating the heroism of Jews who rescued other Jews during World War II.

April 22, 2015 08:01
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Holocaust Day Ceremony. (photo credit: KKL-JNF)

This year's ceremony honored Rabbi Moshe Pessah, who saved the majority of the Jewish community of Volos, Greece. 

"My grandfather received many medals for saving most of the Jewish community of Volos during the Second World War, but I think that for him, the greatest medal of all would have been today's ceremony in his honor, at Martyrs Forest in the hills that surround Jerusalem." Moshe Morris Ashkenazi, the grandson of Rabbi Moshe Shimon Pessah, was speaking on Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day at the twelfth consecutive Holocaust commemoration ceremony jointly sponsored by KKL-JNF and the Bnai Brith World Center in Jerusalem. The annual ceremony, which takes place at the Scrolls of Fire plaza in Martyrs Forest, is the only one dedicated to commemorating the heroism of Jews who rescued fellow Jews during the years of World War II. 

This year's ceremony honored Rabbi Moshe Shimon Pessah (1869-1955), an outstanding rabbinic and communal figure who served for 63 years as rabbi of the approximately 1,000 members of the Jewish community of Volos, Greece. Fiercely loyal to his country and to his community, Rabbi Pessah initiated and orchestrated the rescue of his community during the German occupation, efforts that led to the survival of 74% of the Jews of Volos - a unique achievement in a country where 85% of the Jews were murdered in the Holocaust – along with leading a partisan unit against the Germans. 

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