Britain’s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has remembered thousands of Poles who sheltered Jews during the Holocaust.
Speaking during an event co-organised by the Israeli embassy in London on Wednesday, he referred to his 2006 visit to the Nazi German concentration camp of Auschwitz in southern Poland.
Hunt described the visit as a “life-changing experience.”
He said: “In 2006, I had the life-changing experience of visiting Auschwitz myself with Holocaust Education Trust. The trip was led by the inspirational Rabbi Barry Marcus, who many of you will know.”
He added: “We visited a museum to commemorate the Poles who had sheltered Jews. The penalty, of course, was death, not just for the individual, but for every member of that individual’s family. More than 5,000 Poles took that risk. Many others across Europe looked away. What would each of us do if history repeated itself?”
A bust of Frank Foley, a British wartime diplomat who saved scores of Jewish lives, was unveiled during the London event, which was held at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday, January 27.
As a British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) officer at his country’s embassy in Berlin, Foley “bent the rules” and helped thousands of Jewish families escape from Nazi Germany before the outbreak of World War II.
In 1999, Foley received a Righteous Among the Nations medal from the Yad Vashem Institute in Jerusalem.
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