How to support the Polish Righteous Among The Nations?

December 7, 2020

A new campaign to support elderly Righteous people has been launched for the festive season, with less than 1 percent of the group still alive. The Holocaust commemoration fundation From the Depths launched its online campaign to help and support the Polish Righteous Among The Nations this holiday season. British Poles is a patron of the initiative.
Polish Righteous Among The Nations 

With less than 1% of these heroes still living, now really is our time to stand for them. These amazingly brave people risked their lives and those of their families to save their Jewish neighbours during the Holocaust.

Due to Covid, many of them will be alone, they are not leaving their homes and they really do need our love and care.

The fundation will be personally visiting the majority of the Righteous bringing them masks, sanitizers, food supplies and all they need to have a wonderful holiday season, we are even delivering a Christmas tree to them all.

Many wonderful people have already joined this incredible initiative from companies donating products, to individuals donating sanitizers, teas and foods, and the fundation makes a special thanks to its friends at the portal British Poles for sponsoring an entire package to one of the Righteous.

Medal to the Righteous among the Nations

For more information on how you can get involved, please check the website www.FromTheDepths.org

It’s also really important to note that not everyone is having the easiest time right now and no one should be excluded, if you can’t afford to donate, send a card, or even write an email to print it out and give to them on your behalf.

Memorial tree in Yad Vashem honouring Irena Sendler, a Polish nurse who saved 2,500 Jews

From the editor:

There were 6,992 Poles honoured as “The Righteous Among the Nations” at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. Poles constitute the largest national group within the Righteous Among the Nations recognised by Yad Vashem. 27.362 people has been recognised so far – more than 25% of them were Polish (to compare in Germany just 616).

More can be read at the official Yad Vashem website. We need to remember that throughout the German occupation of Poland, many Poles risked their own lives – and the lives of their families – to rescue Jews from the Germans. Considering the harsh punishment that threatened rescuers, this is a most impressive number. Polish citizens were hampered by the most extreme conditions in all of German-occupied Europe. Occupied Poland was the only territory where the Germans decreed that any kind of help for Jews was punishable by death for the helper and their entire family. At least 50.000 Poles were executed by the Germans solely as a penalty for saving Jews.

Author: Fundation from the Depth, Nel Badowska

Pictures: Fundation from the Depth

 

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