11:01 pm 12/17/19

Jewish residents of southern Poland to be commemorated

2020-02-11T17:59:55-05:00December 17th, 2019|Life in Poland, Tributes|

Original link: https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jewish-residents-of-southern-poland-to-be-commemorated-9234

part of the project entitled People not Numbers, Jewish residents of Czarny Dunajec, southern Poland, and other localities who were murdered during WWII, will be commemorated with a monument inscribed with their names.

The initiative for the memorial came from Polish Olympic canoeist Dariusz Popiela, current European runner-up and Polish champion in his discipline, who works for the Sadecki Sztetl organisation which commemorates the legacy of Jews in the region.

Last year, Popiela was distinguished with the POLIN 2017 award given by the Museum of the History of Polish Jews for initiating and coordinating the construction of a Memorial of Remembrance of Polish Jews in Koscienko on the Dunajec, southern Poland. Popiela allocated money from the award for the People not Numbers initiative.

Under the initiative, a memorial to 1,774 Holocaust victims was unveiled in November at the Jewish cemetery in Grybowo, southern Poland.

“As part of the project, we will strive to locate the graves and properly commemorate the victims by unveiling the memorial to them. We plan to construct a fence around the cemetery and clean the entire area” representatives of the organisation said.

The work will include the participation of local residents, authorities and schools.

12:28 am 09/12/19

Jewish Foundation for the Righteous honors non-Jewish Poles who saved Jews during the Holocaust

2020-02-11T18:14:01-05:00September 12th, 2019|Life in Poland, Tributes|

Original link: https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/jewish-foundation-for-the-righteous-honors-non-jewish-poles-who-saved-jews-during-the-holocaust

(JTA) — A U.S. Jewish foundation honored Polish non-Jews who rescued Jews during the Holocaust at an event in Warsaw.

Some 30 rescuers in their 80s and 90s attended the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous ceremony Sunday at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jewry.

“These are heroic people of exceptional character who risked their lives and often the lives of their families to save Jews during the Holocaust,” said Stanlee Stahl, the foundation’s executive vice president. “This special event is designed to recognize them and give them the proper honor they deserve.”

Foreign diplomats, religious leaders and community leaders also were on hand.

The event also marked the launch of a partnership between the foundation and Warsaw’s first kosher food bank, which was founded earlier this year under the leadership of Poland’s chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich, with the support of Yad Ezra, a kosher food bank in  Detroit. The food pantry based in the Nozyk Synagogue complex will provide bimonthly food packages to needy non-Jewish rescuers — those who have been recognized as Righteous Among the Nations, or Righteous Gentiles, by the Yad Vashem Holocaust center in Jerusalem.

The foundation provides monthly financial support to some 147 needy Polish rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust, and to a total of some 265 Righteous Gentiles living in 18 countries.