Exhibition about Polish family saving Jews opens in Rome

Wiktoria and Józef Ulma. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

An exhibition "The Ulma Family. Honouring the Righteous" has been opened at the Pontifical Urban University (Urbaniana) in Rome, with the head of the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression, Jan Józef Kasprzyk, and Przemyśl metropolitan Adam Szal in attendance.

The exhibition aims to introduce the Ulma family as well as other Polish families who sacrificed their lives while saving Jews during WWII.

In a letter to guests attending the opening of the exhibition, Polish President Andrzej Duda stressed that the martyr's death of Józef and Wiktoria Ulma and their six children have remained terrifying until today even alongside the magnitude of terror and crime committed by the Nazi German aggressors on Polish territory.

The president stressed that the history of the Ulma family was "the pride of the Polish state and nation."

On March 24, 1944, Józef and Wiktoria Ulma were executed by the Nazi Germans together with their six children and the Jewish fugitives they were hiding. At the time of her execution, Wiktoria Ulma was eight months pregnant, while the oldest daughter of the family was eight years old.

In March 2016, a museum named after the Ulma family was opened in Markowa, southern Poland.