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Polish Ambassador opens "Samaritans from Markowa" at the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre

The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Pretoria, in collaboration with the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre, held the exhibition "Samaritans from Markowa" in Johannesburg on 17 March 2016.

The opening ceremony of the exhibition was one of the events associated with the grand opening of the Ulm Museum of Poles Saving Jews in Markowa on 17 March 2016.
 
The exhibition was opened by the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Pretoria, HE Ms Anna Raduchowska-Brochwicz (pictured 2nd from right). In her speech, Ambassador Raduchowska-Brochwicz stressed the importance of the event and the need to show the facts documenting the participation of Poles in the rescue of Jewish people during the Second World War, in conditions where helping the Jewish population was rigorously prosecuted and even punishable by death (unlike in occupied Western Europe). The Ambassador also presented the history of the Museum the Ulm Museum of Poles Saving Jews located in Markowa and acquainted the invited guests with situation of Poles and Jews in occupied Poland.
 
Ms. Irene Klass - witness of the Holocaust and a prisoner of the Warsaw Ghetto and the Nazi German Concentration Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau delivered a moving speech where she referred to the events of World War II and stressed how important it is to preserve the memory of the tragic events that led to the mass murder of millions of citizens.

The event was attended by numerous representatives of the local government organizations, think tanks, journalists, representatives of the Jewish Diaspora, the local Polish community and the most important guests - witnesses who survived the Holocaust.
 

   

The exhibition, which consists of 20 boards illustrating the lives of Polish and Jewish citizens of Markowa - both before the war and during the Second World War - documents, decrees and notices launched by occupiers and photographs by Joseph Ulma was met with great interest by the guests. A multimedia presentation about the Ulm  Museum of Poles Saving Jews in Markowa was presented after the speeches.
 
Both the exhibition and multimedia presentation, will be available to visitors of the Johannesburg Centre of Holocaust and Genocide and later in the centers of the Holocaust and Genocide in Durban and Cape Town.

We invite you to watch the attached movie made during the grand opening of the Ulm Museum of the Poles Saving Jews in Markowa.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9qLbe1GQZY

Embassy of Poland in Pretoria

 

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