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Henryk-Slawik

Founder of the Citizens’ Committee for Help for Polish Refugees, was arrested and murdered at the Gusen concentration camp following the German takeover of Hungary. Although his initial efforts had been to help all Polish refugees in Hungary, he concentrated his efforts on aiding Polish Jews after the implementation of racial laws. He provided false certificates declaring their Polish nationality and Catholic faith. He created a Jewish orphanage under the auspices of a home for Children of Polish Officers and had Monsignor Angelo Rotta visit to enhance the charade that the children were Roman Catholic, not Jewish. He also enabled several hundred Polish Jews to escape to the Yugoslav partisans. Sławik was named Righteous Among the Nations on January 26, 1977 and is credited with saving the lives of 5000 Jews.