New museum remembers Poles who helped Jews
PR dla Zagranicy
Poland's first museum in tribute to those who aided Jews during World War II will open on 17 March, it was confirmed on Tuesday.
Józef and Wiktoria Ulma. Photo: wikimedia commons
The museum is based in the south eastern Podkarpackie region in the village of Markowa, and it will be named in honour of the Polish Ulma family, who were shot there by the Nazi-German occupiers for sheltering Jews.
“We want this museum to portray not only what happened in the Podkarpackie region, but also what happened in the entire country,” marshal of the region Władysław Ortył said during the press conference.
“Last year the then culture minister Małgorzata Omilanowska agreed to change the designation of our museum from a regional institution to one of a national character,” he noted.
On 24 March 1944, German policemen shot eight Jews who were being sheltered by the Ulmas, together with Józef Ulma and Wiktoria Ulma (who was pregnant) and their six children.
Over 6,600 ethnic Poles are commemorated in Israel's Garden of the Righteous in Jerusalem for aiding Jews during World War II.