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Helena Bonham Carter’s Grandfather Honored by Yad Vashem

March 20, 2008

Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial museum posthumously honored a Spanish man for helping save 1,500 lives during the Holocaust.

Eduardo Propper de Callejon, grandfather of Oscar-nominated actress Helena Bonham Carter, was named a “Righteous Among the Nations,” the highest honor granted to non-Jews who risked their lives during the Holocaust.

Propper de Callejon was, at the time, first secretary in the Spanish embassy in Paris, stamped and signed passports nearly non-stop for four days to allow refugees to escape to Portugal through Spain. He actually went against Spanish foreign ministry orders NOT to issue such visas.

“He was signing papers with both his hands,” said Elena Bonham Carter, his daughter. “He signed so many that his hands hurt so much, my mother had to bandage them at the end of the day. It was extraordinary.”

Bonham Carter said her famous daughter wanted to be at the ceremony, but was on location filming the latest installment of the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”

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