TIL about R Elias Barzilai who defied the Nazi and saved the majority of Jews in Athens, Greece
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Rabbi Barzilai refused several requests by the SS to turn over the names, addresses and assets of all the Jews of Athens. He instead burned all the records if the synagogue members so the Nazis couldn’t get them.
He spoke with all the Jews of Athens and the vast majority of them were able to flee on September 23 1943 news was spread that he was kidnapped, which was a signal for the Jews of Athens to flee.
He then spent the rest of the war fighting with the Greek Resistance against the Nazis.