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Seven Austrians Honored for Helping Jews Under Nazi Regime

Seven Austrians who helped save Jews from the Nazis during World War II were honored last night, one posthumously, by Israeli Ambassador Michael Simon during a reception for Israel’s 19th Independence Day celebration. The Austrian honored posthumously was Anton Schmid, a sergeant who was executed by the Nazis for helping Jews in the Vilna Ghetto.

The Austrians each were presented with a medal from the Yad Vashem, the Israeli center for the documentation of the Nazi holocaust. Chancellor Josef Klaus attended the reception.