Ten Poles have been posthumously honoured with the Righteous among the Nations award for risking their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.
The medals were awarded at a special ceremony held at the Royal Castle in Warsaw on Monday, attracting a number of attendees, including the survivors’ children.
Gershon Feder, whose mother was saved by Pole Karolina Denkiewicz, said in a speech: “She saved my mother’s life in the city of hell during the Holocaust”.
Speaking about the Poles awarded at the ceremony, Feder said: “Ms. Denkiewicz and the other Polish heroes being honoured today showed great courage and humanity during one of the darkest chapters in mankind’s history”.
Apart from the survivors’ relatives, the ceremony was attended by prominent officials, including Israel’s Ambassador to Poland Anna Azari.
The title “Righteous among the Nations,” the highest Israeli civilian distinction, has been awarded since 1963 by the Yad Vashem Institute in Jerusalem to those who helped Jews during World War II.
Some 3.3 million Jews lived in Poland’s territory at the outbreak of World War II. Poles constitute the largest national group among the Righteous Among the Nations.