WATCH: Shoah survivors reunited with Greek rescuer for first time since war
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WATCH: Shoah survivors reunited with Greek rescuer for first time since war

Survivors Sarah Yanai and Yossi Mor meet with one of their rescuers, Melpomeni Dina, and were joined by nearly 40 descendants, who are alive today thanks to her heroism

  • Yossi Mor pointing to Melpomeni Dina's name, inscribed on the Wall of Honor in the Garden of the Righteous Among the Nations at Yad Vashem
 (Credit: Yad Vashem)
    Yossi Mor pointing to Melpomeni Dina's name, inscribed on the Wall of Honor in the Garden of the Righteous Among the Nations at Yad Vashem (Credit: Yad Vashem)
  • Descendants of the Mordechai family and Righteous Among the Nations rescuer Melpomeni Dina on the balcony exiting from Yad Vashem's Holocaust History Museum
 (Credit: Yad Vashem)
    Descendants of the Mordechai family and Righteous Among the Nations rescuer Melpomeni Dina on the balcony exiting from Yad Vashem's Holocaust History Museum (Credit: Yad Vashem)
  • Holocaust survivors and their family meet Righteous Among the Nations Melpomeni Dina at Yad Vashem's Hall of Names
 (Credit: Yad Vashem)
    Holocaust survivors and their family meet Righteous Among the Nations Melpomeni Dina at Yad Vashem's Hall of Names (Credit: Yad Vashem)
  • Descendants of the Mor (formerly Mordechai) family greet Melpomeni Dina, who helped save members of their family during the Holocaust
 (Credit: Yad Vashem)
    Descendants of the Mor (formerly Mordechai) family greet Melpomeni Dina, who helped save members of their family during the Holocaust (Credit: Yad Vashem)
  • Holocaust survivors Sarah Yanai and Yossi Mor reunite at Yad Vashem with Melpomeni Dina, one of their wartime rescuers who was recognized by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations (Credit: Yad Vashem)
    Holocaust survivors Sarah Yanai and Yossi Mor reunite at Yad Vashem with Melpomeni Dina, one of their wartime rescuers who was recognized by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations (Credit: Yad Vashem)

Two Holocaust survivors who live in Israel and the Greek woman who with her sisters rescued them met again for the first time since World War II at the Yad Vashem Holocaust remembrance centre in Jerusalem.

Survivors Sarah Yanai (née Mordechai) of Ramat Hasharon and Yossi Mor (previously Mordechai) of Beersheba were reunited after decades with one of their rescuers, Melpomeni Dina (née Gianopoulou).

Both were born in Veria, Greece, a small town of 600 Jews located near Thessaloniki.

The survivors were joined by nearly 40 of their descendants, who are alive today because of the Greek rescuers.

Dina and her two young sisters, and members of the Axiopoulos family, hid and provided food for six members of the Mordechai family – Miriam and her five children – during World War II. Miriam Mordechai had trained Dina’s older sister to be a seamstress, at no charge because the girls were orphans.

Yossi Mor pointing to Melpomeni Dina’s name, inscribed on the Wall of Honor in the Garden of the Righteous Among the Nations at Yad Vashem
(Credit: Yad Vashem)

When the Mordechai’s first hiding place was compromised, the Gianopoulou sisters took them in and kept them hidden in a room of their home in Veria. They later helped the Mordechai family flee to the Vermio mountains but continued to provide food for them until the end of the war.

In 1994, Yad Vashem recognised Dina as one of the Righteous Among the Nations. The Axiopoulos family were recognised in 1989.

The U.S.-based Jewish Foundation for the Righteous helped arrange the reunion. The foundation provides monthly financial assistance to more than 265 aged and needy rescuers living in 18 countries, and has provided more than £30m ($40 million) to rescuers since its founding.

Yad Vashem has so far recognised over 27,000 Righteous Among the Nations, 355 of whom are from Greece.

Holocaust survivors Sarah Yanai and Yossi Mor reunite at Yad Vashem with Melpomeni Dina, one of their wartime rescuers who was recognized by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations (Credit: Yad Vashem)
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