Most of us have heard of Oscar Schindler, especially because of the movie Schindler's List.
One of the lessons to be learned form the Shoah is the extent to which human courage and caring, as evidenced by those who reached out to help the Jews, makes a difference.
Dr. Mohamed Helmy was born in Khartoum in 1901 to Egyptian parents. In 1922 Helmy went to Germany to study medicine and settled in Berlin. After he completed his studies, he went to work at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin, but was dismissed in 1937. (A study conducted by the Robert Koch Institute in 2009 showed that the Institute was heavily involved in Nazi medical policy). According to Nazi racial theory Dr. Helmy was defined as a Hamit or Hamitic (the descendants of Ham, son of Noah) – a term adopted from 19th century racial science, defining the natives of North Africa, the Horn of Africa, South Arabia, including Ancient Egyptians. Not being of Aryan race, Dr. Helmy was forbidden to work in the public health system; he was also unable to marry his German fiancée. Moreover, in 1939 he was arrested together with other Egyptian nationals, but released a year later because of health problems.
The Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg FL proclaimed:
We’re proud to announce that Senator Rick Scott and Mrs. Ann Scott have chosen to donate a portion of his quarterly salary to The Florida Holocaust Museum in memory of Ambassador Mel Sembler, who passed away earlier this year. We always appreciated Ambassador Sembler’s belief in our mission and work and are honored that Senator and Mrs. Scott share in that sentiment.
On January 27, 2015, the free world celebrated the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz by the Soviet army.