Pope Francis has beatified the Polish Ulma family, including parents and their small children, who were all executed in 1944 for having sheltered Jews during World War II
The sacrifice of the Ulma family lights a path which everyone should follow, Israel's Ambassador to the Holy See said in an article published on the Vatican News website on Friday.
With an estimated 34,000 people expected to attend the ceremony on Sunday for Józef and Wiktoria Ulma and their seven children who were shot on March 24, 1944, this will be the first time that an entire family will be beatified together.
Andrzej Duda, the Polish president, came to a small village in the south-east of the country on Friday to honour a Polish family that was executed for sheltering Jews during World War Two.
Pope Francis has recognised the martyrdom of a married couple with seven children who were executed by Nazi Germans for sheltering a Jewish family in their home in Poland during World War Two.
Held for the first time in 2018, the National Remembrance Day of Poles Saving Jews under German Occupation has been gaining traction ever since. However, outside of Poland – and even sometimes within it – the event that inspired it remains little known.
Abraham Isaac Segal, a Holocaust survivor and advocate for a museum of Poles saving Jews in Markowa (southern Poland), was laid to rest in Israel on Sunday. His funeral was attended by Poland's Ambassador to Israel Marek Magierowski.