Krakow Nativity Scene Contest 2015

Man carrying nativity scene or szopka in Krakow Poland

“Szopka krakowska2” by user:cancre – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Commons

The Krakow Christmas market Opened Friday November 27, and will run through December 26. Over 80 stalls are set up in the Main Market Square of Krakow. Shoppers have the opportunity to choose from regional souvenirs, and sample hot food as well as the local specialty, mulled wine (grzaniec galicyjski). A real highlight of the week will be the annual Nativity Scene Contest, a tradition that dates back to 1945.

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Abdol Hossein Sardari Saved Thousands of Iranian Jews

abdol-hossein-sardari-is-the-second-from-the-rightAbdol Hossein Sardari used his position as an Iranian diplomat in Paris to save up to 2,000 Iranian Jews living in France from the Nazis and certain death. He also  issued passports to other Jews who were referred to him by an Iranian, once he realized the fate of any Jew left to Nazis. The exact number of people is unknown, because passports were issued to families, and not individuals.

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