Poles Who Saved Jews 09 [20]

Poles Who Saved the Jews - Irena Sendler, Zofia Kossak, Sister Matylda Getter

Subject: no
Face value: 20 pln
Alloy: 925/1000 Ag
Diameter: 38.61 mm
Weight: 28.28 g
Finish: proof
Mintage: 100000 pcs
On the edge: smooth
Additional: no
Date of issue: 2009-12-02
Issue price: 105 pln
At the top, a stylised image of a bust of Sister Matylda Getter. On its right, a circumscription, SIOSTRA MATYLDA/GETTER (Sister Matylda/ Getter). At the bottom, a stylised image of a bust of Irena Sendler; below, a circumscription, IRENA SENDLEROWA. At the bottom and on the right-hand side, a stylised image of a bust of Zofia Kossak; below, a circumscription, ZOFIA KOSSAK. On the left-hand side, a semicircular inscription, POLACY RATUJĄCY ŻYDÓW (Poles who saved the Jews). In the background, stylised images of birds.

Designer: Roussanka Nowakowska
In the centre, an image of the Eagle established as the State Emblem of the Republic of Poland. Below the Eagle, a stylised image of a wall with a breach in the middle and broken barbed wire. To the left of the wall, an image of the Star of David. At the bottom, an inscription, 20 ZŁ. To its left, the notation of the year of issue, 2009. On the right-hand side and at the top, a semicircular inscription, RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA (Republic of Poland). The Mint's mark, M/W, under the Eagle's left leg.

Designer: Roussanka Nowakowska

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Poles Who Saved the Jews

The Jews, who were Polish residents, perished as a result of World War II and ensuing Nazi occupation. The 3.5 million-strong Jewish population was destroyed by cruel terror, forced settlement in ghettos and mass extermination in the gas chambers of Treblinka, Auschwitz and Belzec. Helping Jews in Poland was punishable by death. Against the background of such a grim reality, special respect is commanded by the conduct - humanitarian, full of courage and bravery - of those Poles who dared to save Jews, inevitably exposing themselves and their families to death.

Irena Sendler (1910-2008). Before World War II, she worked as a social worker in the Social Care and Public Health Division. When persecution of Jews had started, she organised a network ...

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