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  • 25 November 2017

    “Everyday Heroism. About Poles saving Jews” is the title of an exhibition, which, after being held at the Polish Social & Cultural Association’s (POSK) Gallery in London for 10 days, was moved to POSK’s Malinova Hall on Saturday to accompany the showcase of the Rafał Wieczyński film “Joseph's World”. There was also a lecture by Krystyna Małkowska-Żaba.


    Among the guests were Polish Embassy’s Consul Michał Mazurek, Director of the Polish Cultural Foundation (PFK) Aleksandra Podhorodecka, POSK Vice-chair Joanna Młudzińska, Vice-chair of the Polish Educational Society (PMS) Marek Jakubowski, Director of Actors' Union (ZASP) Irena Delmar and Holocaust survivor Lili Pohlmann.


    The exhibition was put together by the Association "Polish Community" in collaboration with the Ulma Family Foundation “SOAR”, the Righteous for the World foundation, the Polish Association of the Righteous Among the Nations as well as the Committee for Remembering Poles Who Saved Jews.


    Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the patron of the exhibition. The Polish Cultural Foundation (Polish Weekly) collaborated on the project with its British organisers.


    The display presents biographies of the families and people, who risked their lives during the Second World War by helping to save Jews, giving a good example of the unbroken spirit of humanity and heroism.


    The presentation begins with the family of Wiktoria and Józef Ulma – symbols of the still-not-well-known attitude of many Poles – who, facing a moral dilemma and the threat of losing their lives, decided to help their neighbours. Even after the Ulmas experienced terrifying punishment, the people of their Podkarpackie hometown of Markowa saved another 21 members of the Jewish community during the war.


    In 1995, Józef and Wiktoria Ulma were posthumously awarded the title of Righteous Among the Nations. The beatification process of the whole family began in 2003 in the Przemyśl diocese and it is ongoing in Vatican. In 2004, a monument dedicated to the Ulma family was unveiled in Markowa. In 2010, President Lech Kaczyński posthumously awarded Józef and Wiktoria Ulma with the Commander's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta. A school in Markowa, roads in Łańcut and Ostrołęka, two associations and a foundation were named after them. They are also patrons of the Ulma Family Museum of Poles Saving Jews in World War II in Markowa, the only museum of its kind in Poland.


    Author: Jarosław Koźmiński / Tydzień Polski


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