On 24 October 2017, Yad Vashem and the Society of Friends of Yad Vashem in Germany held an event in honor of three newly recognized Righteous Among the Nations, at which an exhibition to telling the story of the Righteous and promoting their legacy was opened.
The event was attended by some 500 guests, including the decedents of Righteous Among the Nations, Holocaust survivors, benefactors and friends of Yad Vashem, members of Parliament, prominent public figures and more than 100 students from Munich area high schools, as well as members of the Oppenheim family and Oppenheim Foundation who sponsored the exhibition.
Some of the students in attendance will be taking part in the forthcoming Young Leadership Program for German Youth at Yad Vashem, generously supported by Yad Vashem benefactors the Habermann family from Munich.
Speakers included: the President of the Jewish community Ms. Charlotte Knobloch, the Bavarian Minister of Interior Mr. Hermann, the Israeli Ambassador to Germany Mr. Jeremy Issascharov, and on behalf of the Society of Friends of Yad Vashem in Germany Mr. Harry Habermann and Mr. Arik Rav-On. The certificates and medals recognizing the Righteous were awarded by our longstanding friend and supporter in the Israeli embassy, Ms. Sandra Witte.
The event had a broad media exposure, both in print and broadcast, not least because the Hummel family who were recognized as Righteous among the Nations saved Ms. Knobloch, managing to hide her for three years, when she was a young girl.