29 January 2018
Tomorrow afternoon, Tuesday, 30 January 2018, Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, will host a ceremony posthumously honoring Sabina Perzyna (previously Dziadosz), her husband Jan Dziadosz and their son Aleksandr Dziadosz from Poland as Righteous Among the Nations. Director of the Righteous Among the Nations Department at Yad Vashem Irena Steinfeldt will present the medal and certificate of honor to Alicja Mularska, the daughter of the late Jan Dziadosz and Sabina Perzyna, on behalf of Yad Vashem, the State of Israel and the Jewish people.
A representative from the Polish Embassy, First Secretary Piotr Kozłowski, will attend the ceremony, which will start at 11:00 and will be conducted in Polish. Media interested in covering this event should contact firstname.lastname@example.org and arrive on Tuesday by 10:45 with valid GPO card.
The names of Sabina Perzyna, Jan Dziadosz and Aleksandr Dziadosz will be added to the Wall of Honor in the Garden of the Righteous Among the Nations at Yad Vashem.
The Rescue Story:
During WWII, the Dziadosz family lived in Modliborzyce in the Lublin district of Poland. They were known to help people in need regardless of their religion or nationality. After Jan became seriously ill, Sabina offered Felek (William) Toytman, a Jewish friend of her son, Aleksandr, a job on their farm. When the situation of Jews became more precarious, Sabina convinced Toytman to go into hiding in the attic of her cowshed.
The Dziadosz family also hid Albert Spivak, a Jewish acquaintance from Modliborzyce. Spivak had served in the Polish Army, was captured by the Germans and escaped twice from German camps in Brest-Litovsk and Krasnik, eventually finding shelter with the Dziadosz family. Spivak and Toytman stayed in hiding until they decided to join the partisans in the nearby woods. However, they came back to the Dziadosz farm for help on several occasions. After the war, Toytman and Spivak emigrated from Poland. Toytman kept in touch with the Dziadosz family and visited them in 1975, but eventually the two families lost touch.
On 5 June 2017, Yad Vashem recognized Sabina Perzyna, Jan Dziadosz and their son Aleksandr Dziadosz as Righteous Among the Nations.
To date, Yad Vashem has recognized over 26,500 Righteous Among the Nations – non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. For more information about the Righteous Among the Nations program, please visit Yad Vashem's website: http://www.yadvashem.org/righteous