Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Yad Vashem to honor Polish Righteous Among the Nations Tuesday

Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, will hold Tuesday a ceremony honoring Magdalena Grodzka-Guzkowska, a Polish citizen, as Righteous Among the Nations for helping children escape from the Warsaw ghetto during WWII.
Born Rusinek, Magdalena was 15 years old when she enlisted in the Polish Underground against the Germans.
In 1943, she met Jadwiga Piotrowska, later recognized by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations, and joined her in helping children escape from the Warsaw ghetto.
Magdalena collected the children, cared for them and escorted them to their places of refuge with Polish families or in monasteries, always with the utmost dedication and love although she was placing her own life at serious risk. Before bringing the children to their hiding places, she taught them Christian customs in an effort to disguise their Jewish identity.
One such rescue activity saw Magdalena save the life of a six-year-old Jewish boy called Adas, who had been severely injured by local thugs. She took the boy for medical care at the hospital, and then moved him to a hiding place in a monastery. She also took five-year-old Wlodzio Berg from the ghetto to an apartment in the city as a temporary refuge. She brought him food every day, as well as colors with which to draw pictures. (Source: EJP)
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