5 Germans Honored for Saving Jewish Lives

Five Germans who saved Jewish lives during the Nazi regime at great risk to themselves, were awarded medals and citations here last night by the Yad Vashem, the Israeli memorial foundation for Nazi victims. The presentations were made by Israeli Ambassador Eliashiv Ben-Horin. He noted that eight other Germans–six women and two men–were to receive medals but were too ill to attend the ceremonies. He said special ceremonies would be held for them at a later date.

Last night’s recipients were Dr. Otto Moericke and his wife, Gertrud, of Freudenstadt who sheltered a Jewish couple, strangers to them, in their small home although they had six children; Maria Nickel, who sheltered a pregnant Jewish woman in Berlin, helped her give birth and hid her and the baby during the war years; Dr. Kaethe Schwartz, who sheltered a young Jewish girl. Inge Deitschkron, at her Berlin home. The girl is now Berlin correspondent of the Israeli daily, Maariv. A posthumous award was presented to the late Dr. Albert Titze, who was active in the anti-Nazi underground. It was accepted by his son, Wilhelm.

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