November 5, 2008

Polish woman honoured as ”Righteous Among the Nations”


Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem, has chosen to bestow the honour of ”Righteous Among the Nations” upon the Polish Catholic Slawinska Stanislawa, for risking her life to save 10 Jews during WWII.

Stanislawa’s medal and certificate were sent to the Israeli Embassy in Warsaw where a ceremony for the ”Righteous” will take place. The medal and certificate are to be given to Stanislawa’s most immediate family.

The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation helped to locate Roman Slawinski, Ms. Slawinski’s nephew and closest living relative in May. Stanislawa herself died 37 years ago.

In addition to receiving the medal, Slawinska’s name will be inscribed upon the ”Wall of Honor” in Jerusalem.

During WWII, Slawinska sheltered in her home 10 Jews who had escaped the Warsaw Ghetto. One of the Jews who was saved, Ms. Efira Maiman, now 94-years-old, has established contact with Roman Slawinski.

Roman himself, only a child during the war years, kept his aunt’s secret and even assisted her anti-Nazi actions by running errands for the Polish underground movement. (mmj)