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Friday, 15 November 2013

President awards Poles who saved Jews during WW2

  |   President awards Poles who saved Jews during WW2 President awards Poles who saved Jews during WW2 President awards Poles who saved Jews during WW2

President Bronislaw Komorowski awarded Poland's Commander Crosses of the Polonia Restituta Order to twenty Poles who helped save Jews during the World War Two.

 

"The tragic experience of WW2 is still rooted deep inside us. It shapes not only our historical knowledge and imagination, but also our contemporary attitudes. (...) This experience is not only the tragedy of the war itself, but also the plight of Jews - European and Polish," President Komorowski said during the ceremony.


The president stressed that the experience of "a good deed in times of tragedy" provides an example that humans can behave in a noble way even in the darkest times.


The ability to help others despite the risk involved "is and should remain a measure of humanity," according to Komorowski.


Eight of the twenty medals were awarded posthumously.


Poland is preparing a monument to honour those Poles who risked their lives to save Jews from the Holocaust. The monument is to be erected in Warsaw in 2014. (PAP)
 

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