New memorial day to honour Poles who saved Jews in WWII
PR dla Zagranicy
Poland's lawmakers have voted to establish March 24 as a new national memorial day to honour Poles who saved Jews during World War II.
The lower house of Poland's parliament, the Sejm, in session in Warsaw on Tuesday. Photo: PAP/Marcin Obara
A total of 399 MPs on Tuesday voted in favour of the move, supporting a legislative initiative by President Andrzej Duda, while 21 deputies opposed it, and two abstained from voting.
On March 24, 1944, German military police shot members of the Polish family of Józef and Wiktoria Ulma, who were sheltering Jews in the village of Markowa in the southeast of the country.
The new memorial day is designed to be a tribute to Poles who saved their Jewish neighbours from extermination at the hands of Poland's Nazi German occupiers during the war.