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.
The tragic story of Ulma family murdered on March 24, 1944 by Nazi Germans for sheltering Jews deserves global recognition, Andrzej Duda, the Polish president, wrote in an article published on a number of global portals.
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.
The Israeli ambassador to Poland has said that it is impossible to think about both a modern Israel and modern Judaism without Polish roots.
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.
When Jeffrey Cymbler heard from Yad Vashem that an official ceremony was not possible as no living relatives of the Poles who had saved his Jewish family could be found, he set out to find them.
Singer and dancer Montana Tucker was spurred into action after telling her followers about her grandparents who survived the Holocaust and being shocked at the anti-Semitic reaction.
After falling in love with a Jewish woman, Jόzef Walaszczyk became compelled to save her and the lives of over 50 others from the Holocaust.
Józef Węgrzynowski helped to save the life of Jewish man Max Ostro, who jumped from a moving train bound for the Treblinka death camp in WWII.
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