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2013-01-30

A Jaskrów resident made an honorary citizen of Israel

Yesterday, Częstochowa held an exceptional ceremony. Stanisława Włodarz, an eighty-two-year-old member of the Righteous Among the Nations, received an Honorary Israeli Citizenship certificate. During World War II, her family harboured Treblinka escapees. Stanisława Włodarz received the diploma from the hands of the Israeli Ambassador in Poland, Zvi Rav-Ner, in the presence of the City Mayor Krzysztof Matyjszczak.

Stanisława’s parents, Marianna and Stanisław Szlam from Cykarzew, gave shelter to four Jews: Mosze Lichter, his cousin Mordechaj and two other women. Risking their own lives and the lives of their children, they let the Jews stay at their place until January 1945. Throughout this time, Stanisława, then a little girl, provided them with food. She was the one who spent most of her time with the runaways.

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Before leaving for Israel, Mosze Lichter was planning to name the Szlams as inheritors of his entire property in his last will and testament, but they declined. After the end of the war, the rescued would never forget and filed for honoring the Polish family at the Yad Vashem Institute. As a result, on February 24th, 1988, they received the title of the Righteous Among the Nations. The awarding ceremony, combined with planting of a tree in the Righteous Alley, was staged on September 22nd, 1989, attended by Stanisława Włodarz and Jan Szlam. Presently, Mordechaj Lichter’s daughter, Michaela Liniał, initiated the ceremony of awarding Stanisława, a Jaskrów resident, the title of an Honorary Citizenship of Israel. The daughter of the Holocaust survivors highlighted that the good deed of the Szlams and all their subsequent relations have always been free of opportunism.

At the ceremony, Ambassador Zvi Rav-Ner called for remembrance and honor for the Righteous members, many of whom have already passed away.

Source:

  • Gazeta Wyborcza – Częstochowa, Tadeusz Piersiak Mieszkanka Jaskrowa została Honorową Obywatelką Izraela (30.01.2013)

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