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Presidents of Poland, Israel honour 101-year-old WWII heroine

Last Updated May 22, 2020 at 10:44 am EDT

WARSAW, Poland — The presidents of Israel and Poland have sent birthday greetings to a 101-year-old Polish woman who is believed to be the be oldest living person recognized by Yad Vashem for rescuing Jews during the Holocaust.

Both Reuven Rivlin of Israel and Andrzej Duda of Poland praised Anna Kozminska in letters for her courage in risking her own life to help Jews during the German occupation of Poland.

The letters were delivered to her on her birthday Thursday by Poland’s chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich, and the niece of a boy saved during the war by Kozminska and her step-mother, Maria Kozminska.

They wore masks and sat with her on her porch outside her Warsaw home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Anna and Maria Kozminska took in 8-year-old Abraham Jablonski in 1942 and sheltered him for three years, and also helped rescue three other Jews.

Grazyna Pawlak, Jablonski’s niece, gave Kozminska an album with photos of the family.

The Associated Press

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