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Museum opens honouring Poles who saved Jews in Holocaust

Museum opens honouring Poles who saved Jews in Holocaust
Monument to Ulma family, Markowa (Image: Wojciech Pysz under a CC licence)

17 March 2016

The Ulma Family Museum of Poles Saving Jews opens today in Markowa in southeastern Poland, commemorating Poles who risked the death sentence to shelter Jews during the Holocaust.

The museum is named after the Ulmas, a family killed by the Germans on 24 March 1944 for harbouring Jews. Poland was the only country occupied by the Nazis during the Second World War in which citizens risked death for helping Jews.

Among archival photos by Józef Ulma, and a recreation of the family home, the permanent exhibition will display stories of many Poles who helped Jews, of which there are 6,600 honoured in total.

These developments come soon after the Polish government announced plans in mid-February to introduce a law making it a criminal offence to imply the country bears any responsibility for atrocities carried out on Polish territory by Nazi Germany.