Glenn Beck on Wednesday shared the profound story of an Egyptian doctor who saved the lives of four Jews in Germany during World War II. Beck said everyone — especially those living in the Middle East — should know the man’s story.
“The righteous among the nations,” Beck began. “They weren’t Jewish, but they risked their lives for somebody else. They’re the ones who stood when it mattered, knowing that their actions, if discovered, would bring immediate and brutal death sentences.”
Dr. Mohamed Helmy is one of the righteous among the nations. For two years, he hid 21-year old Anna Boros, her mother, her stepfather, and her grandmother from the Nazis.
“This doctor had decided to risk his life, his family’s life,” Beck said. “How is he even going to feed them? Everything was food rationed. You start needing more rations, who are you hiding?”
Helmy was able to find different locations for Anna’s family, keeping Anna in a secret bunker at his own cabin. He attended to all of the family’s medical needs while they were in hiding, keeping them safe day after day.
“I can’t imagine the terrifying moments when the SS came knocking, pounding on the doors, searching the cabin,” Beck said. “And they came frequently.”
“This went on for two solid years,” Beck continued. “1944, her mom and stepfather — captured. Anna was still in the cabin. During their interrogation, the doctors found out about the doctor and Anna.”
The SS immediately went to Helmy’s cabin, but Helmy had outmaneuvered the Nazis. He moved Anna to another home and let the SS inspect his own. She was kept safe, and the doctor wasn’t punished.
Anna said after the war: “Dr. Helmy did everything for me out of the generosity of his heart and I will be grateful to him for all eternity.”
All four family members survived the war thanks to Helmy’s courage.
“Why am I telling you this story?” Beck asked. “There’s a million of these stories, except this one is different … The doctor’s name. The doctor’s name was Mohamed Helmy. He’s an Arab. He’s from Egypt. He stood up to the Nazis. He knew — unlike so many people in the Middle East now that are running countries — he knew the Holocaust was real. And he stepped in and faced evil, stared it right in the eye and saved a family.”
After Helmy passed away, the Holocaust Museum in Israel tracked down Helmy’s family and asked them to accept an award on his behalf.
“They found three of his descendants living in Cairo,” Beck said. “When they finally got in touch with them to present the award, the family declined it. They said: ‘If any other country offered to honor Helmy, we would have been happy with it.’”
“How sad that is,” Beck remarked. “The incredible legacy this man left for his family — peace, love, self-sacrifice. … He risked his own life because he believed, and was motivated by his values.”
“Everyone should know this story, especially in the Middle East, so the kids would follow that example,” Beck concluded. “They would know that the Holocaust was real, and that an Arab did indeed save a Jew. Maybe if that happened, the next generation of Palestinians and Jews would not know hate. They would love one another … and we would all begin to change the world.”
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