Poles Who Saved Jews '12 [20]

Poles Who Saved the Jews – the Ulma, Baranek and Kowalski Families

Subject: no
Face value: 20 pln
Alloy: 925/1000 Ag
Dimensions: 38.61 mm
Weight: 28.28 g
Finish: standard
Mintage: 40000 pcs
On the edge: smooth
Additional: oxidated
Date of issue: 2012-03-15
Issue price: 175 pln
At the bottom, stylised figures of a woman, a man and children. On the right and left, diagonally, an inscription: RODZINY ULMÓW, KOWALSKICH, BARANKÓW [The Families of Ulma, Kowalski, Baranek]. At the bottom, on the left, a stylised outline of a fragment of a figure holding a German machine gun pointed at a group of people. At the top, an inscription: POLACY/RATUJĄCY ŻYDÓW (Poles rescuing the Jews).

Designer: Grzegorz Pfeifer
At the top, on the right, an image of the Eagle established as the state emblem of the Republic of Poland. On the right of the Eagle, diagonally, the notation of the year of issue, 2012. Below the Eagle, on a separate plane, stylised image of a cottage and trees. Below, an inscription: 20 zł. On the left, diagonally from bottom to top, an inscription: RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA (Republic of Poland). On the right, left and at the bottom separate planes depicting stylised wooden planks. Against them, on the right, at the bottom, an inscription: CIEPIELÓW 6.12.1942/SIEDLISKA 15.03.1943/ MARKOWA 24.03.1944. The Mint’s mark, M/W, below the Eagle, on the right.

Designer: Grzegorz Pfeifer

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Poles rescuing the Jews – the Ulma, Baranek and Kowalski Families

Of all crimes committed by the genocidal Nazi regime in occupied Europe, murders of civilians (children, women, elderly people and whole families) were particularly vicious. During the World War II, nearly 6 million Jews were murdered. However, German occupiers frequently applied the method of inhumane, collective responsibility to the Poles as well: they would pacify villagers for helping the partisans, residents of Warsaw during the uprising of 1944, and Polish families daring to provide help for persecuted Jews.

Already in October 1941, death penalty for Jews escaping from ghettos and those providing help for them was introduced at the territory of the General Government. The German policemen were taking the decision on execution at their own discretion ...

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