Jewish Foundation for the Righteous Unites Rescuer/Saved Jew

Could you risk your life and the lives of your entire family to aid Jews? Could you continue to do it for over two years, knowing that if caught you and your entire family would be massacred?

Thousands of Christians risked their lives to save Jews during World War II. One such rescuer, Helena Weglowski Szachniewicz, 85, of Ilawa Poland, was reunited with her childhood friend, Mira Wexler, 76, in a tearful reunion on November 26, 2014 at Kennedy Airport in New York City. It had been 70 years since the two had seen each other. Helena’s family hid Mira, her brother and her mother Chana after the Nazis invaded Poland. The Wexlers and Weglowskis had been friends for years before the war.

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Three Polish Cryptologists Decoded the German Enigma Machine

enigma machine from ebayThree Polish cryptologists decoded the German Enigma machine in the 1930’s, laying the foundation for the future work by British code breakers. Given the Polish connection, I made a point of seeing the new movie The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightly. It  opened in Phoenix theaters Friday December 12 on a limited run. The story follows the British mathematician Alan Turing, a brilliant but socially clueless man who helped break the German code at the height of WWII.

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