JERUSALEM – The Embassy of El Salvador in Israel and the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum will remember on Thursday Salvadoran diplomat Jose Arturo Castellanos (1893-1977), recognized as a “Righteous Gentile” for saving thousands of Jews during World War II.“For the Salvadoran people, it’s a very emotional and proud moment that his actions have been recognized,” Ambassador Susana Gun de Hasenson told Efe.Castellanos, who was El Salvador’s consul in Geneva during the war, granted some 40,000 passports and birth certificates to Jews from different countries – mainly from Hungary – so that they could escape the Nazis, according to an investigation by El Salvador’s foreign ministry.On July 27, a ceremony will be held in El Salvador, where the Israeli Embassy will present the Yad Vashem medal to Castellanos’s descendents.