Righteous Among the Nations medals awarded in Warsaw

Sixteen Poles who helped rescue Jews during World War Two were posthumously awarded with Righteous Among the Nations medals at a ceremony at Warsaw's POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews on Wednesday.

Two of the distinguished were also posthumously presented with honorary citizenship of Israel.

Israeli Ambassador to Poland Anna Azari said that it is hard to believe that the process of honouring the Righteous hasn't been completed yet. "I realise that so many people who survived the holocaust, didn't want to talk about it for a long time. They did not want to think about this hell and tell people about their experiences. I think that each of these stories is very important (...) incredible and heroic," she noted.

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.