Originally aired on Radio Poland, English Section, 3/17
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Poland was one of the few countries in Europe where one would face a death penalty for aiding Jews in anyway.
The museum is dedicated to the Ulmas, a Polish family who were shot for sheltering Jews but will tell the stories of many others as well. It is symbolically located in the village of Markowa, south-eastern Poland, where the Ulma family lived.
“The importance of this event is because those people were forgotten by the state during the communist times,” said Wojciech Kolarski, the Undersecretary of State.
“And right now, a free Poland and independent Poland wants to remind that among Poles there were thousands of those who served others, although Germans wanted everyone who wanted to help Jews, to be killed.”
The opening ceremony of the museum is directed towards an international audience as it will be streamed live in 18 Polish diplomatic and cultural institutions abroad within four continents and 14 countries.