In a ceremony in Cracow, Poland, on July 5, 1998, the State of Israel honored non-Jewish Poles who have taken it upon themselves to care for Jewish cemeteries in Poland. Israeli Ambassador to Poland Antebbe presented certificates to 21 charter members of a group dedicated to this work. Many of the those honored are members of ISJM. The recipients were thanked on behalf of all Jews for protecting the sacred legacy the Polish Jewish community – from which so many of the world’s Jews derive.
According to international lawyer and Jewish activist Michael Traisan, who helped organize the event, the recipients have "gone beyond the call of duty in making efforts to preserve Jewish memory in Poland in one or more of a variety of ways including cemetery preservation, journals of history, creating museums, acting to protect historic Jewish sites, etc."
The presentation coincided with the annual Jewish Cultural Festival
in Cracow. -- SG
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