Józef Pruchniewicz - 16 months of courage

March 24 marks the Polish National Day of Remembrance of Poles Rescuing Jews under German Occupation. It is a special day honouring people such as Józef Pruchniewicz, who hid a Jewish family in his own home for sixteen months.

On Tuesday in Biecz, Małopolskie Province, a small ceremony was held to commemorate Mr Pruchniewicz and his heroic deed.

Józef Pruchniewicz paid the highest price for helping Jews. He was sold out by a neighbour and murdered by the Germans in 1944.

The Jews who were saved by the Pruchniewicz family survived the war and left for Israel. In 2008, Józef and his wife Maria were awarded the Righteous Among the Nations medal.

So far, the Righteous Among the Nations medal has been awarded to over 7,000 Polish citizens, who constitute the most numerous national group.

The National Day of Remembrance of Poles Rescuing Jews under German Occupation is a Polish public holiday, established on the initiative of the Polish President Andrzej Duda in 2017.

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