Yad Vashem posthumously honors Polish man

Wojciech Woloszczuk hid Frances Schaff, nee Feiga Bader, in his attic during World War II; his daughter will accept medal.

December 19, 2011 17:05
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Yad Vashem on Wednesday will posthumously honor a Polish man who saved the lives of Jews during World War II by hiding them in his attic.

The Holocaust Museum will bestow the title of righteous gentile upon Wojciech Wołoszczuk, a farmer who let Frances Schaff, nee Feiga Bader; her brother, his family and two other Jews secretly stay in his house to avoid persecution by the Nazis and their allies.

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Food was scant during the war and Schaff's brother was shot dead while trying to forage food for his family outside the house. His wife and children survived the war but were murdered by Polish peasants in its immediate aftermath.

Schaff, the sole survivor of her family, grew up in an orphanage in Israel. She later emigrated to the US In 2009 Schaff submitted a request to honor Wołoszczuk, who died in 1963, after visiting Poland with her family.

His daughter, Janina Wołoszczuk, will come from Poland to accept the medal and certificate of honor on his behalf.

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