Polish couple named Righteous Among Nations for saving Jews in WWII
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A Polish couple has been honoured with a Righteous Among the Nations award for risking their lives to save Jews during World War II.
Ninety-nine-year-old Aleksandra Cybulska (right) congratulated by the Israeli embassy's Ruth Cohen-Dar. Photo: PAP/Adam Warżawa
The award was presented on Thursday in the northern city of Gdynia by the deputy Israeli ambassador to Poland, Ruth Cohen-Dar.
It honours Aleksandra Cybulska, a Polish woman who will turn 100 in November, and posthumously her husband Kazimierz Cybulski, who died in 2002 at the age of 94.
The couple saved a Jewish child from the Holocaust, according to the Israeli embassy.
The Righteous Among the Nations award is the highest Israeli civilian distinction. Recipients receive a medal with a quote from the Talmud saying: "Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire."
In total, 26,513 people had received the honour by January 1 this year. Around a quarter of them -- 6,706 -- were Poles.