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Righteous Among the Nations from Norway, the Netherlands, and Poland to be Recognized at Yad Vashem Ceremonies Next Week

31 May 2007

Three Righteous Among the Nations ceremonies will take place at Yad Vashem next week.

Per Faye-Hansen of Norway will be posthumously recognized as a Righteous Among the Nations on Sunday June 3, 2007 at 11:30 a.m. in the Garden of the Righteous at Yad Vashem. Gro Weneske Faye-Hensen, who resides in Israel, will receive the medal and certificate on behalf of her late father. The ceremony will take place in Hebrew and English. Faye-Hansen was recognized for his efforts in hiding Jews in Norway and assisting in their escape to Sweden.

On Wednesday, June 6, 2007, a ceremony posthumously honoring five Dutch people will take place in the Garden of the Righteous at Yad Vashem at 11:30 a.m. in the presence of children of the Righteous and survivors. Albartha and Klaas Crum hid the Cohen Paraira family for a year and a half in their home in Rhenen. Survivors Elisheva Lehman - Cohen Paraira and Avraham Cohen Paraira will attend the ceremony. Dirk Kroon sheltered Jews in his flat in Soest, and as a member of the Westerweel resistance group helped other Jews as well. His son, David Kroon will receive the medal and certificate on his behalf. Survivor Henrietta Schellekens-Bernard, Davids mother, will also be in attendance. Klaas and Hendrika van der Knoop hid Jews in their home in Amsterdam throughout the war. Their daughter Marian Booden-van der Knoop will attend the ceremony as will survivors Alexander Groenteman and Celine (Tsila) Dingsdag. The ceremony will take place in Hebrew and Dutch.

On Thursday, June 7, 2007, two Polish couples, Jan & Maria Michalowski and Tadeusz & Wladyslawa Korsak and a Polish woman, Maria Burdowa will be posthumously honored as Righteous Among the Nations for hiding Jews during the Holocaust. The ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the Garden of the Righteous at Yad Vashem. The children and grandchildren of the Polish couples, and the nieces of Burdowa will arrive from Poland to accept the medal and certificate on behalf of their late parents and aunt. Survivors Eli Levin (Parovsky) and Tzelina Amuzlino, siblings rescued by the Michalowski and Korsak families, and Chava Kleinmann and Moshe Sde Or (Klarfeld), who were rescued by Maria Burdowa, will attend the ceremony, which will be conducted in Hebrew and Polish.

The events are open to the press in coordination with the Media Relations Department: 02 6443410.

For more information about the Righteous Among the Nations Program, click here.