BALTIMORE — For Carla Greenspan, the news was upsetting: A relative by marriage of the man who saved her mother’s life during the Holocaust was spurning an award from Yad Vashem.
“It’s a sad legacy for him if this is truly how they feel,” Greenspan said from her home on Manhattan’s East Side. “Their great-uncle went out of his way and risked his life to save my mother.”
Mohamad Helmy, an Egypt native who worked as a physician in Berlin when WW II broke out, helped hide the family of Anna Gutman (nee Boros), Greenspan’s mother.
For his bravery, Yad Vashem recently recognized Helmy as Righteous Among the Nations — the first person from the Arab world to be so designated since the award’s establishment in 1963.