By Rina Bassist.. B’nai B’rith gives award to nine overlooked French natives. Paris – France’s Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia, French-Jewish resistance expert Dr. Tsilla Hershco and other leaders of the French-Jewish community gathered on Monday (February 13, 2017) at the Paris “Memorial de la Shoah” museum for an exceptional ceremony, honoring nine Jewish men and women for saving Jews during the Holocaust. Marcel Marceau, Theo Klein, Léon and Joseph Eligoulachvilli, George and Fanny Loinger, Nelly Willer, Rachel Grunstein and Liliane Lieber-Klein were awarded the Jewish Rescuers award (JRJ) for saving Jews during World War II. [Photo top right: Dr. Tsilla Hershco, a French-Jewish resistance expert, speaks at the B’nai B’rith ceremony yesterday in Paris.. (photo credit:Rina Bassist)] Some 20 years ago, activists, survivors and researchers founded the Committee on Jews Rescued Jews (CJRJ), with the purpose of documenting, publicizing, and spreading the word about the deeds of Jewish heroes during the Holocaust.
The founders felt that too little was known among the public in Israel and elsewhere about Jewish bravery, and that these heroes received little recognition. Read the full story.