POLIN Museum Directors Made Honorary Members of the Polish Association of the Righteous

Klara Jackl / English translation: Andrew Rajcher, 8th August 2018
POLIN Museum Directors Prof. Dariusz Stola, Jolanta Gumula and Dorota Keller-Zalewska have been made Honorary Members of the Polish Association of the Righteous Among the Nations. In making the presentations, Association President Anna Stupnicka-Bando, said, “For everything that you have done over so many years, that since the Museum came into existence, you have run a program devoted to the Righteous, that you have preserved and collected the stories of the people who risked their own lives saving Jews”.

The ceremony took place on Tuesday 7th August 2018 during a panel discussion at the 38th Jewish Genealogy Conference, in which Righteous Among the Nations took part. The Conference was held at the Warsaw Hilton and was organised by the International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies, in conjunction with POLIN Museum.

Polish Association of the Righteous Board members, Anna Stupnicka-Bando, Józef Walaszczyk and Irena Senderska-Rzońca, spoke about the help extended to Jews by themselves and by their families during the Holocaust. They also responded to questions from Conference participants.

The panel presented POLIN Museum Directors Prof. Dariusz Stola, Jolanta Gumula and Dorota Keller-Zalewska with medals and certifcates of Honorary Memberhip of the Polish Associalion of the Righteous Among the Nations.  

“We thank you for supporting our activities. We thank you for arranging our 30th anniversary celebrations, for creating an exhibition which presents the Polish Righteous and for arranging for the Righteous to meet with young people and with adults. We hope that you will continue to preserve the memory of the Righteous”, said Anna Stupnicka-Bando.

POLIN Museum Director Prof. Dariusz Stola said, “While this is a great honour, what we do is our responsibility. The POLIN Museum is a museum about the history of the Jews. However, it also has to have a place for those who helped dozens and dozens, perhaps thousands, of Jews to survive the tragedy of the Holocaust”.

As part of its The Polish Righteous – Recalling Forgotten History project, POLIN Museum documents and promotes stories about the help extended to Jews by Poles during the holocaust. The website www.righteous.pl contains almost one thousand stories of help, interviews with rescuers and the rescued, as well their photographs and virtual exhibitions.

Held on 5th-10th August 2018 at Warsaw's Hilton Hotel, the 38th Jewish Genealogy Conference is the largest event of its type in the world. This is the first time it has been held in Poland. Particpants include Jewish genealogy researchers and enthusiasts from around the world. The majority of this year's participants are the descendants of Polish Jews. Some have come to Poland for the first time. For more, go to: www.iajgs2018.org.