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.

THE FACES OF THE RIGHTEOUS

The public debate on Polish-Jewish relations during the war, including the rescuing of Jews by Poles, has often been red hot, but just as often it has suffered the unfortunate tendency of rising above the hard foundat...

WHAT DO WE OWE TO THE RIGHTEOUS?

We will never know the exact number of ethnic Poles who took part in saving their Jewish fellow-citizens from the death at the hands of the German invader during WWII. The number of those identified by name is just th...

The Remembrance of Loss

I store with pride the Yad Vashem Medal, on which my name and surname were inscribed alongside the name and surname of my mother. However, I have doubts whether I am fully entitled to such pride. It was not me who off...

THE RIGHTEOUS ARE AMONG US ...

Sartre once wrote that hell is other people.  He was probably right.  However, this popular post-war intellectual, philosopher, existentialist, should also have added: paradise and happiness on earth are also other pe...

IT IS FORTUNATE THERE ARE SUCH PEOPLE...

I was a small boy in Żychlin near Kutno when I witnessed the war. I was faced with human terror, helplessness, suffering, degradation, persecution, harm... I saw the ghetto as well – and I felt the grave injustice don...

THEY SAVED MORE THAN JUST LIVES

How to write about the Righteous Among the Nations? Words fail. Words are inadequate to describe or convey the goodness that they exude. Simply put, the Righteous are an example for all of us of what God hoped for whe...

PUSHED BEYOND THE MARGIN: GERMAN ANTI-JEWISH LEGISLATION IN THE OCCUPATION OF POLAND

From the very beginning of the occupation of Poland, the Germans introduced a series of regulations and decrees aimed at achieving a drastic marginalization of the Jewish population. The exemption of Jews from society...

THE MEMORY OF THE RIGHTEOUS

The Righteous will ourish like a palm tree, they  will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will ourish  in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay ...

WHAT THE RIGHTEOUS TEACH US

During World War II the attitude of Nazi Germany towards the Polish people was indisputably negative; however we must recognize a specific difference: whereas every Pole was under threat of death, every Jew was condem...

MY TWO MOTHERS

I belong to the youngest generation of survivors. I was one of those who was born only to die, one of those from whom the right to live was taken away in earliest infancy. I am here today, so many years later, through...