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President to open museum dedicated to Poles who helped Jews

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Paweł Kononczuk 17.03.2016 10:24
President Andrzej Duda is on Thursday to officially open a museum dedicated to Poles who rescued Jews during WW II.
Prezydent Andrzej Duda. Foto: EPA/MATEJ DIVIZNAPrezydent Andrzej Duda. Foto: EPA/MATEJ DIVIZNA

The museum, in the village of Markowa, south-eastern Poland, is named in honour of the Polish Ulma family, who were shot there by the country’s Nazi-German occupiers for sheltering Jews.

The museum is the first in this country dedicated to all Poles who risked their lives to help their fellow Jewish citizens facing the Holocaust.

Numerous guests from abroad will take part in ceremonies linked to the museum opening. Jewish and Christian prayers will be said at the graves of the Ulma family.

On 24 March 1944, German policemen shot eight Jews who were being sheltered by Józef and Wiktoria Ulma. The couple and their six children were also killed.

In 1995, Israel's Yad Vashem institute posthumously named the Ulma family Righteous Among the Nations. (pk)

Source: IAR

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