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Polish parliament commemorates family who sheltered Jews in WWII
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Polish parliament commemorates family who sheltered Jews in WWII

An exhibition dedicated to the Polish Ulma family, who were killed for sheltering Jews during the Second World War, has opened in the Polish parliament.

The exhibition, titled “The Samaritans of Markowa”, referring to the Ulma family’s home village in south-eastern Poland, features photos and documents which show the family as well as the life of the Polish and Jewish communities in the area.

On 24 March 1944, German police shot eight Jews who were being sheltered by Józef and Wiktoria Ulma. Józef Ulma, his pregnant wife, and their six children were also killed.

In 1995, Israel's Yad Vashem institute posthumously named the Ulma family Righteous Among the Nations. In 2003, the Roman Catholic Church in Poland initiated a process for the family to be beatified.

A museum named after the family, dedicated to Poles who aided Jews during the Second World War, was opened in Markowa last year.

Over 6,600 ethnic Poles are commemorated in Israel's Garden of the Righteous in Jerusalem for aiding Jews during the Second World War.

The exhibition in the Polish parliament will remain open until March 27.

 Click here to watch the video in Radio Poland

Friday, March 24, 2017
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