On November 8, 2016, a significant event took place in Warsaw, Poland when a monument was revealed in the picturesque Swiss Valley. This monument paid tribute to two extraordinary individuals, Henryk Sławik and József Antall Sr., who were honored as Righteous Among the Nations.
The term “Righteous Among the Nations” is bestowed by Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, to non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. Henryk Sławik, a Polish diplomat, and József Antall Sr., a Hungarian lawyer, both exemplified the highest levels of courage and compassion by sheltering and aiding Jewish individuals during one of the darkest periods in history.
The monument in the Swiss Valley stands as a symbol of the enduring gratitude and recognition for their selfless actions. The bronze statue depicts Sławik and Antall Sr. side by side, representing the unity of nations in the face of adversity.
This commemoration serves as a reminder of the importance of humanity, even in the bleakest of times. The unveiling of this monument is not only a tribute to the individuals it represents but also a testament to the power of empathy and the hope for a better world. It stands as a tribute to those who risked everything to save lives and as an enduring symbol of the bond between nations.