Since 1963, Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority in Israel, has awarded the title “Righteous Among the Nations” to over 21,758 individuals who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. In addition to a public recognition ceremony, the names of the Righteous are inscribed on a Wall of Honor at Yad Vashem and individuals are awarded honorary Israeli citizenship. As part of the consideration process, Yad Vashem collects and maintains biographical information, documentary evidence, and other information received from survivors and eyewitnesses.
The Righteous Among the Nations is a compendium of in-depth narratives based on this information, highlighting the lives and courageous acts of 150 individuals recognized as Righteous Among the Nations. In addition to biographical information, many of the entries include photographs along with excerpts from interviews with the Righteous and the individuals they saved.
The book also includes an index of rescuers, the rescued, and localities mentioned; an index of the rescuers featured in the book by country; and a selected bibliography for further research. Elie Wiesel wrote the forward and Avner Shalev, chairman of Yad Vashem, wrote the preface that describes the history of the Righteous Among the Nations program.
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