Meet Elżbieta Ficowska on the 75th Anniversary of the Council to Aid Jews "Żegota"

Klara Jackl, 8th November 2017
To mark the 75th anniversary of the Council to Aid Jews "Żegota", POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews invites all young people to meet Elżbieta Ficowska, who will describe her own survival from the Holocaust.

Elżbieta Ficowska was a six month old child when she was rescued by members of "Żegota". A small silver spoon, inscribed with her name and date of birth, was placed inside the box in which she was carried out of the Warsaw Ghetto.

The event will be preceded by a short instroduction into the history of "Żegota", followed by a screening of the film "Łyżeczka życia" (The Spoon of Life), telling the story of Elżbieta Ficowska's rescue.

4th December, 10 am:

For senior high school students (2.5 hours):

  • an instroduction into the history of the COuncil to Aid Jews "Żegota"
  • screening of Łyżeczka życia (The Spoon of Life)
  • meeting with Elżbieta Ficowska
  • laying wreaths at the "Żegota" monument

Admission is free. Reservations are compulsory by emailing: zmioduszewska@polin.pl

The Council to Aid Jews "Żegota"

Established on 4th December 1942, the Council was an agency of the Polish Government-in-Exile. It continued the work of the Provisional Committee to Aid Jews, which was active through the Government Delegation for Poland. The Council was comprised of members of left-wing and democratic parties, Polish and Jewish organisations, as well as individuals from the intelligentsia and Catholic circles. In the whole of occupied Europe, "Żegota”, in conjunction with the underground, was the only state-sponsored organisation established with the aim of helping Jews. The help provided consisted of mainly financial support, the organisation of hiding-places and the provision of false documents. Several thousand individuals benefited from this help, amongst them many children who were placed into Polish families or into orphanages.

The story of "Żegota" on www.sprawiedliwi.org.pl

In conjunction with the 75th anniversary of "Żegota", the www.sprawiedliwi.org.pl website will be expanded with new articles regarding the establishment of the Council, its members, its activities and sites where the Council has been commemorated.. The website is maintained by POLIN Museum as part of its "The Polish Righteous – Recalling Forgotten History" project, which is dedicated to Poles who rescued Jews during World War II. Since 2007, it has prsented stories of rescue, showing the faces and voices of the Righteous Among the Nations and of Holocaust Survivors.

This event is organised by "The Polish Righteous – Recalling Forgotten History" project and the Education Centre of POLIN Museum.