About the Righteous
The Righteous Among the Nations are those individuals who selflessly provided help to Jews during World War II as they faced extermination at the hands of the Nazi German authorities. “Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire” – this quote from the Talmud is inscribed on the medals which are awarded to the Righteous.
Who are the Righteous?
The Righteous Among the Nations are non-Jews who selflessly provided help to Jews during World War II.
The Yad Vashem Institute
The Yad Vashem Institute in Jerusalem decides who is to be awarded the title of "Righteous Among the Nations".
Jews in hiding
In 1940, Germans began establishing ghettos – sealed-off districts for the Jewish population – in occupied Poland. In 1942, they began a process of their liquidation and the mass deportation of Jews to death camps. The only way to survive was to go into hiding.
Authorities about the Righteous
We invite you to read articles dedicated to the Righteous Among the Nations, written by such authorities as Władysław Bartoszewski, Prof. Jacek Leociak, Prof. Jan Grabowski, Konstanty Gebert and Rabbi Michael Schudrich.
Righteous of the World
More information on attitudes towards Jews in occupied Europe. Within the series of articles we will review the history of rescue to Jews in Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Germany and Ukraine, together with the historical context of the German occupation in these countries.