In fading ritual, WWII rescuer reunites with Jews she saved

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November 03, 2019 - 12:09 pm

Melpomeni Dina holds the hand of an Israeli girl during a reunion at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. Dina, a 92-year-old Greek woman who rescued a Jewish family during the Holocaust has been reunited with two of the people she saved and dozens of their family members. Once a regular ritual, such reunions are quickly disappearing due to the advanced age of the rescuers and survivors. (AP Photo/Patty Nieberg)

JERUSALEM (AP) — A 92-year-old Greek woman who rescued a Jewish family during the Holocaust has been reunited with two of the people she saved and dozens of their family members.

Sunday's emotional gathering took place at Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial. Once a regular ritual, such reunions are quickly disappearing due to the advanced age of the rescuers and survivors.

Stanlee Stahl, the executive vice president of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, says her organization has been doing such reunions every year since 1992, but this one was likely the last of its kind.

About 6 million European Jews were killed by German Nazis and their collaborators during World War II. Israel's highest honor, "Righteous Among the Nations", recognizes those non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.

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