Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn), whose own parents survived Auschwitz and several labor camps, but lost most of their family members, will present awards to the descendants of World War II heroes Aristides de Sousa Mendes and Raoul Wallenberg.
The event is hosted by Nachas Health and Family Services, Inc., a multi-service non-profit organization providing myriad support services for more than 6,000 Holocaust survivors. More than 500 survivors are expected to be in attendance at the awards ceremony. Swedish Ambassador Ulf Hjertonsson and the Portuguese Consul General Alexandre Fernandes will be present at the event.
In 1940, Aristides de Sousa Mendes, Consul of Portugal to Bordeaux, France signed visas for 10,000 Jews who would have met certain deportation to the death camps on the eve of the Nazi invasion of France. At his own peril, he signed visas that meant the difference between life and death.
Raoul Wallenberg was sent by the Swedish government to Budapest as First Secretary of the Swedish Legation in 1944. He provided Swedish provisional safe passes, distributing them to those who were marked for deportation to concentration camps. Hunted by Hungarian Fascists and Nazis, he rescued some 20,000 Jews.
NACHAS HEALTH AWARDS CEREMONY
Thursday, April 26th
Schick’s Manor, 4901 12th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY