Thursday, August 14, 2008

Suddenly they were Salvadorans

This was an interesting story in the Washington Post about the role that El Salvador played in trying to rescue Jews from the Holocaust. You can read the article, here.

It was amazing how, just when Hitler began applying the final solution to the last major Jewish community in Europe, there suddenly appeared in Budapest, by some estimates, thousands of Salvadorans who happened to be Jewish. They were scared but now clinging to hope, down by the Rio Danube.

In Spanish, " salvador" means "savior."

It's so interesting that a country that has been ravaged by war and is stricken with a plague of violence could have such a beautiful chapter of compassion in its history.

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