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New Exhibition: ‘The Good Samaritans from Markowa"

In May, a new exhibition, "The Good Samaritans from Markowa", opened at the Ghetto Fighters' House.  The exhibition tells the story of the Ulma family from the village of Markowa, Podkarpacie region in southeastern Poland, who were executed by the Germans for hiding Jews in their home.  On March 24, 1944, the Germans killed the Ulma family, as well as the Jews they were hiding -  the Didner family.  In 1995, Józef and Wiktoria Ulma, were posthumously awarded the medal of Righteous Among the Nations of Yad Vashem in recognition of their acts of heroism.  –"There are over 6600 Poles who received this title ",  said Ambassador Jacek Chodorowicz during the opening of the exhibition. " And the number of all the Poles who attempted to rescue Jews throughout the occupation is considerably higher ", he added.  In 2003, the Catholic Church started the Canonization process for the Ulma family. 
 
The launch of the exhibit was preceded by a lecture on Polish-Jewish relations during the Second World War by Laurence Weinbaum, PhD. In his remarks, Mr. Weinbaum reminded about severe penalties that were levied on individuals who tried to help Jews in German-occupied Poland.  The audience was also given the opportunity to hear the testimony of Abraham Segal – a Holocaust survivor who was hidden by the Cwynar family from Markowa. His story of rescue is featured in the exhibition. 
 
The exhibit was prepared by a team of historians associated with the Ulma Museum of Poles Saving Jews in Markowa. The institution aims to commemorate Poles from the Podkarpacie region who attempted to help Jews during the war. The museum was formally inaugurated on March 17th with President of the Republic of Poland and other Polish highest-ranking officials in attendance.

 

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