Righteous Gentiles

‘To Salvage The Stories Of The Rescued’

Mounting urgency at Yad Vashem to find Righteous Gentiles, aided by technology.

05/04/2016 - 09:10
Contributing Editor

Jerusalem — It’s a race against the clock, and against flagging memories.

But for the historical researchers — detectives, really — at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial, museum and national archive, technology is giving them a big leg up in the race to identify and vet the stories of Righteous Gentiles.

Names of Righteous Gentiles are etched into a wall at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. Wikimedia Commons

Poles And The Holocaust: Another Side Of The Coin

Have you ever heard of Wincenty and Lucja Baranek, Adam and Bronislawa Kowalski or Josef and Wiktoria Ulma?

If not, you’re not alone.

They’re not well-known either in Poland, their homeland, where each of the couples risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.

Poland has taken a step to recognize the heroes, recently issuing commemorative coins to honor them: all Catholics, all killed for their actions.

The significance of the gesture transcends the world of numismatism.

A Polish coin honors Irena Sendler, Zofia Kossak-Szczucka and Matylda Getter for saving Jews.
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