Righteous Among the Nations Honorific Goes to Hungarian Couple

Sándor Nagy and his wife, Mária Bergován were hiding a Jewish family in their home for 6 months in 1944.

Sándor Pintér Minister of Interior and Jákov Hadasz-Handelszman, Israeli Ambassador to Hungary granted the Righteous Among the Nations posthumous honorifics and Medal of Valor to Sándor Nagy and Mária Bergován, for they provided a hiding-place in their home for six months in 1944 to Mihály Jelli and his family, altogether eleven persons. The award was handed to Sándor Nagy, son of the late Sándor Nagy.

Sándor Pintér said that those who were granted the Righteous Among the Nations honorific set a high standard to humanity, solidarity and good will, for they saved lives in World War II by risking their own. The ones they saved commemorate and express their gratitude with the award.

The honorific is meant to symbolize that by saving one life, one saves the whole world – said the Minister, adding that no one should be secluded for their origins or religion.

Jákov Hadasz-Handelszman declared that the cruelty of the Holocaust shall never be forgotten. The aim of the Righteous Among the Nations honorific is to express respect and gratitude towards those non-Jewish people who risked their own and their family’s life to save Jews from death.

Israel bestowed the honorific to almost 28 thousand people, including 878 Hungarians.