Alexandre Glasberg was born to a Jewish family in the Ukraine in 1902. He and his brother, Vila, came to believe in Jesus and emigrated to France in the early 1930s. Alexandre attended seminary and was ordained a priest in 1938. In 1940 he began hiding political refugees from the Nazis. Glasberg also worked with Oeuvre de Secours aux Enfants (OSE), the Jewish organization for the rescue of children, to save refugees from internment camps in France, most of whom were Jews. He personally falsified files to gain the release of hundreds of Jews, many of them children. The Nazis captured his brother, Vila, thinking he was Alexandre. In order to protect his brother, Vila did not deny it. The Nazis arrested, deported and murdered him. Alexandre evaded the Gestapo. After the war, he helped facilitate the emigration of Holocaust survivors to Mandatory Palestine (and later, to the State of Israel) and mass emigrations of Jews from Iraq, Morocco and Egypt. He died in France in 1981. Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority, recognized Alexandre and Vila as “Righteous Among the Nations” in 2004. It is likely the Glasberg brothers would have preferred to be identified as Jews and not as “among the nations.”
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