President Obama to honor Hoosier, 3 others who protected Jews during Holocaust

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WASHINGTON (Jan. 27, 2016) — President Barack Obama is honoring two Americans and a Polish couple for risking their lives to protect Jews during the Holocaust.

Obama is joining Jewish leaders at a ceremony Wednesday at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, where the Righteous Among the Nations medals are to be presented posthumously.

Being recognized are Americans Roddie Edmonds of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Lois Gunden of Goshen, Indiana, along with Polish citizens Walery and Maryla Zbijewski.

The United Nations has designated Wednesday as International Holocaust Remembrance Day to mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp in 1945.

Six million Jews were killed by Nazis and their collaborators during the Holocaust.

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