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Friday July 16, 2010

Israel Honors Salvadorian for Saving Thousands of Jews during WWII

El Salvadorian World War II diplomat and former Consul General, Jose Arturo Castellanos received one of the highest honors from Israel for saving thousands of Jews during the war.

Castellanos is credited for issuing some 40,000 Salvadoran passports and birth certificates to Jews to save them from the death chambers of war torn Hungary.  The title of “Righteous Gentile” is one of the highest recognitions bestowed by Israel and mostly given to Europeans.  Several World War II survivors offered testimony of Castellanos bravery and fight on their behalf. 

Castellanos, posthumously has been recognized by the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee for his efforts.  During his lifetime he was not recognized for all his heroics but thanks to the Salvadoran government and his family he is now being given his rightful accord

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