Photographs of pre-war Węgrów show lost world and set the backdrop to a remarkable story of survival.
Konstanty Rokicki was a consul in Bern, Switzerland, where together with other Polish diplomats who called themselves the Bern Group they prepared passports for those in danger of deportation to get them out of Europe, mainly to Paraguay, but also Honduras, Peru, Salvador, Bolivia and Haiti.
On Sunday, March 24, Poland commemorates the 75th anniversary of the day in 1944 when Nazi Germans executed the whole Ulma family for sheltering fellow citizens of Jewish descent, and the Day of Remembrance of Poles who saved Jews during WWII.
A number of Jewish organisations have commented on controversial statements by Israel's acting Foreign Minister Israel Katz, who accused Poles of anti-Semitism, which lead to a diplomatic incident between Poland and Israel.
Jewish tailor Moshe Bajtel had been friendly with his neighbours Aleksander and Sabina Smolak for years, so after escaping he went straight to the home of his long-time friend where he stayed for two years.
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.
In 2009, when she was 101, Sister Cecylia Roszak was awarded the title of Righteous Among the Nations for her help in saving the lives of Jews during WWII. She passed away just eight months after celebrating her birthday.
Despite their old age, the couple treated the blonde-haired, blue-eyed Sala as a member of their family, even taking the risk of presenting her in public as their own daughter.
Seven Poles who saved Jews from the Holocaust in World War II received posthumous Righteous Among the Nations medals on Thursday at the Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk.
Four Polish women have been awarded the Righteous Among the Nations of the World medals and honorary diplomas for helping a Jew during WWII. Three of them were granted the distinction posthumously.