Five Poles to receive Righteous Among the Nations medals
PR dla Zagranicy
Five Polish people will on Tuesday be awarded Righteous Among the Nations medals for risking their lives to save Jews during World War II.
Righteous Among the Nations medal. Photo: Michał Józefaciuk-Polish Senate/Wikimedia Commons. (CC BY-SA 3.0 pl)
The award, given by the Yad Vashem Institute in Jerusalem, will be given to two couples, Weronika and Kazimierz Koczan, who sheltered a Jewish family, and Anna and Stanisław Tomczak, who sheltered a boy who survived the war and was reunited with his biological mother in 1978.
A fifth person, Franciszka Abramowicz, who died in 1990 will receive both the award and honorary Israeli citizenship.
During the war she hid a Jew in her cellar. The man was forced to escape and hide in a nearby forest after neighbours alerted Nazi German authorities in occupied Poland, but Abramowicz took food to him and he returned to the cellar after the dust settled.
The Righteous Among the Nations award is the highest Israeli civilian distinction. (vb/pk)
Source: Polskie Radio