Man who rescued Jews during Holocaust to speak

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NWS Baranski, Tibor FP Vail Daily File Photo Tibor Baranski, 81, is credited with saving several thousand Jews during the Holocaust through his work with the Papal embassy in Budapest. Last week, he visited the Vail Valley, where his daughter lives with her family.

EDWARDS – Tibor Baranski, who helped as many as 10,000 Jews escape deportation to Nazi concentration camps, will speak Monday in Edwards.Baranski, who regularly speaks in public, focuses in his talks on how the Vactican’s Jewish Protection Movement helped those Jews survive Nazi annihilation. Baranski was executive secretary of the Jewish Protection Movement from 1944 to 1948. The Jewish Protection Movement was led by Angelo Rotta, the apostolic nuncio who served as the Vatican’s ambassador to Hungary during the Holocaust.

Baranski was born in Budapest in 1922. After his efforts during World War II, he imprisoned by the communists from 1948 to 1953, but was given amnesty after the death of Stalin. Baranski then became a freedom fighter during the Hungarian Revolution, helping to organize assistance. Eventually he arrived in Canada and then the United States, becoming a citizen in 1967. In 1980 Tibor was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to serve on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. The Council’s responsibilities included creating what is now the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.”This is a great opportunity for us all to hear the real life experiences from someone that was able to assist so many Jews during the Holocaust,” said Peggy Warner, principal of St. Clare of Assisi Catholic school.St. Clare of Assisi Catholic School and Kathy and Rob Spangler are sponsoring the talk.

==========================================Holocaust storyWhat: Tibor Baranski, former executive secretary of Jewish Protection MovementWhen: Tuesday, 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Where: St. Clare of Assisi gymnasium, EdwardsFor more information: call the school at 926-8980==========================================

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