Polish Righteous Among Nations, state delegation meet Israeli president

Polish Righteous Among Nations, state delegation meet Israeli president Mateusz Marek/PAP

Nine Polish citizens, honoured with the Righteous Among the Nations distinction for helping Jews during World War Two, and a Polish state delegation met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

The meeting was also attended by the Polish Ambassador to Israel Marek Magierowski and the head of the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression (UKiOR), Jan Jozef Kasprzyk.

The Israeli President said that the acts of Righteous are highly recognised in the history of Jewish nation and the entire world. "It is a great honour to host the minister and veterans, the Righteous and the delegation. Please send my best wishes to President Andrzej Duda," he added.

Kasprzyk said that many of Righteous are able for the first time to see a plate with their names and the names of their loved ones at the Yad Vashem Institute. He added that, "when at the institute, one can feel pride to be a Pole."

Apart from the holders of the Righteous Among the Nations title, the meeting was attended by the 95 year-old war veterans Captain Wladyslaw Dabrowski and Major Zbigniew Dluzniewski, who fought against Germans in the Battle of Monte Cassino and the Battle of Ancona.

The Righteous Among the Nations is a medal and honorary title awarded since 1963 by the Jerusalem-based Yad Vashem Institute to people who helped Jews during World War II. To date Yad Vashem has honoured over 6,700 Poles with the Righteous Among the Nations title.