Polanski to attend Righteous Among the Nations award ceremony in Poland

Oscar-winning film director Roman Polanski plans to be in Poland for the presentation of the Righteous Among the Nations award to a descendant of a Polish couple who hid him during the Holocaust, Israel's Haaretz daily reported on Monday.

In 2019, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Centre in Jerusalem announced the recognition of the Polish couple Jan and Stefania Buchala, rescuers of Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski, as Righteous Among the Nations.

The award, given to individuals who selflessly risked their lives to save Jews from the Nazis, will be presented to the couple's grandson Stanislaw Buchala during a ceremony to be held in Poland next week, “Haaretz” wrote.

"Stefania (Buchala), without any recompense, solely out of love for others, risked her life, and that of her husband and children, by hiding me in their home for almost two years," Polanski wrote in a letter to Yad Vashem in a request to recognise the couple as Righteous Among the Nations.

For safety reasons, the organisers do not disclose when and where exactly the ceremony will take place.

During World War Two, hiding Jews in Poland was punished by the Germans with death.

Up until January 1, 2020, the Institute had awarded the title of Righteous Among the Nations to 27,712 heroes, including 7,112 Poles.

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