Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén and Israeli Ambassador Yakov Hadas-Handelsman awarded the Righteous Among the Nations posthumously to Mihály Kiss, a Salesian monk, in Budapest on Thursday.
Addressing the ceremony, Semjén said: “The Holocaust showed not only the unbridled evil, but also the power of outstanding humanity.”
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“We must remember all those who saved the lives of others by risking their own as a Christian, and those who found the roots of their own faith in the tragedy of their Jewish brothers,” he said.
Righteous Among the Nations Award is the highest honour expressing the gratitude of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. It is granted to non-Jews in recognition of their humanity and courage in saving the life of Jews by risking their own, Hadas-Handelsman noted.
Mihály Kiss earned the award for his outstanding courage in saving Jewish children by hiding them in the chapel of the Salesians’ community building in northern Budapest.
Kiss is the third Salesian monk to receive the award.
The ceremony was attended by Michael Wallace Banach, the apostolic nuncio.
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