On Friday, President Andrzej Duda of Poland visited a village in the southeast region of the country to pay respect to a Polish family that had been killed for protecting Jews during World War Two.
In 1944, the Germans brutally killed an entire Polish family, the Ulmas, for protecting Jews from the occupation. In response, in 2018, the Polish president, Andrzej Duda, declared March 24th as the National Day of Remembrance of Poles Rescuing Jews under the German Occupation.
This date marks the day that the Ulma family, along with their six children and the Jewish people they were sheltering, were executed in the village of Markowa.
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A museum was set up by the government in Markowa to honour Polish individuals who saved Jews during the Holocaust.
The president noted that in Poland, assisting Jews during the Nazi occupation was a crime punishable by death—unlike in other countries under German rule.