Anna Koźmińska, the oldest living holder of the Righteous Among the Nations medal (granted individually), is celebrating her 101st birthday on 22 May 2020. Her story had remained unknown for decades. Risking their own lives, Anna Koźmińska and her foster mother Maria, hid four Jews, including providing long-term shelter for a boy – Abraham Jabłoński – during German occupation.
No less than 467 people were killed for aiding Jews – point out Aleksandra Namysło and Martyna Grądzka-Rejak, the author of the book “Repressions for helping Jews in the occupied Polish lands during the Second World War”.
It was our national duty to establish this day, Dr. Mateusz Szpytma on the Remembrance Day of Poles Rescuing Jews under German Occupation
Poles are the nation which has the biggest number of trees in YadVashem site. And yet not only in the world, but even in Poland, it was difficult for this fact to enter the collective consciousness. Perhaps people lacked individual human stories, which would show the heroism of individuals and even entire families, who risked the lives of their loved ones, including young children.
An online press conference with the participation of the Deputy President of the Institute of National Remembrance Dr Mateusz Szpytma on the occasion of the Polish National Day of Remembrance of Poles Rescuing Jews under German occupation - March 23, 2020
A monument dedicated to Polish and Jewish citizens of the Republic of Poland, murdered by the Germans, has been erected in Popardowa (poviat of NowySącz)
The monument commemorates the residents of Nawojowa and KamionkaWielka: Agnieszka and Jan Rumin, Ludwik Borek and Jakub Tokarz as well as the six members of the Jewish families of Kaufer, Neugröschl and Schreiber whom they had been hiding.
Mother Matylda Getter from the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of the Family of Mary, risking her own life, saved several hundred Jewish children sentenced to extermination by the German occupiers. On 25 February at 8.00 a.m. the President of the IPN Dr.JarosławSzarek will pay tribute to Matylda Getter at her resting place in the Powązki Cemetery in Warsaw (plot F / G, row 2, places 26–31, entrance from Powązkowska Street - IV).
The Polish National Day of Remembrance of Poles Rescuing Jews under German Occupation - 24 March 2019
On the occasion of the Polish National Day of Remembrance of Poles Rescuing Jews under German occupation the IPN has undertaken numerous activities. We invite you for the screenings of "Passports to Paraguay" in numerous Polish towns and villages, and for the exhibition "It is Deeds that Make the Man. Poles helping Jews during the Holocaust on the Eastern Borderlands of the Second Republic of Poland "and the ceremony of the unveiling of the plaque in homage to Mother Matilda Getter.
The third National Summit of Poles Who Saved Jews during the Second World War – Rzeszów, 17-19 October 2018
‘We couldn’t but help them. They were our neighbours’ – An Interview with Eugeniusz Szylar, Righteous from Markowa
In connection with the Polish National Day of Remembrance of Poles Rescuing Jews under German Occupation we would like to refer back to an IPN interview with Eugeniusz Szylar, a Righteous from Markowa.
PASSPORTS TO PARAGUAY
The Internet premiere of the IPN production "Passports to Paraguay" directed by Robert Kaczmarek, 5 p.m., 24 March 2020
On the occasion of the Polish National Day of Remembrance of Poles Rescuing Jews under German occupation the IPN has prepared an Internet screening of the IPN production ”Passports to Paraguay”. A year after its premiere, the film directed by RoberKaczmarek, will be available to viewers online.
As part of the exhibition entitled ″He, Who Saves One Life, Saves an Entire Universe. The Righteous Among the Nations and Their Stories”, the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, in collaboration with the Polish Institute in Moscow, is hosting a premiere screening of ″Passports to Paraguay”.
A meeting with the filmmakers of the film Polmission. Passports’ Secrets took place after the premiere of the film, on 24 October 2020 as part of the Echoes of Katyn International Film Festival on Totalitarianisms. The debate was attended by: Jacek Papis - film director, Robert Kaczmarek - producer, Jakub Kumoch - former Polish Ambassador to Switzerland, Sebastian Piątkowski Ph.D. (IPN),and Barbara Stanisławczyk-Żyła, who hosted the meeting.