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Righteous Among the Nations Ceremony Tomorrow
Yad Vashem Award to be Presented at US Holocaust Memorial Museum

5 September 2007

Yevgenia Zamoroko-Lysenko, of the Ukraine, will be posthumously honored by Yad Vashem as a Righteous Among the Nations at a ceremony on Thursday, September 6, 2007. For the first time, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, in Washington DC, will host the ceremony. Zamoroko-Lysenkos son Nikolay Zamoroko, a resident of Maryland, USA will accept the medal and certificate on his mothers behalf. In addition to Zamoroko, US Senator Ben Cardin, Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Sallai Meridor, Fred S. Zeidman, Chairman, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Sara J. Bloomfield, Director, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Irena Steinfeldt, Director, Department of the Righteous, Yad Vashem will participate in the event.

During the Holocaust, Yevgenia Zamoroko-Lysenko lived in Kherson, Ukraine, in Southern Ukraine. She and her roommate, Klavdia Sopova, helped Masha Spivak obtain false identity papers and find a job. They also allowed her to live in their apartment. In April 1942, the hospital at which Masha worked was relocated. Now jobless, Masha was afraid to venture around town looking for another job for fear of being recognized as a Jew. Yevgenia and Klavdia persuaded her to present herself for forced labor in Germany. Masha worked in Germany until liberation in 1945. She moved to Israel in 1948, and passed away in 2001.

In 1963, Yad Vashem embarked upon a worldwide project to grant the title of Righteous Among the Nations to non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. More information, including stories and statistics, about the Righteous Among the Nations program is available here.

Media interested in attending the event should contact Andy Hollinger at the USHMM: ahollinger@ushmm.org.