UK Shoah activist euologises Polish righteous woman, 102, as a ‘beacon of light’

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UK Shoah activist euologises Polish righteous woman, 102, as a ‘beacon of light’

After helping to fund a bed for Krystyna Danko, who was both blind and deaf, Jonny Daniels paid tribute to her as 'an angel of goodness and righteousness'

Jonny Daniels with Krystyna Danko
Jonny Daniels with Krystyna Danko

A British Holocaust restitution activist has paid respects to a Polish woman who saved an adoptive Jewish family from Holocaust, who has died at 102.

Krystyna Danko, one of the oldest and most celebrated non-Jews recognised by Israel for saving Jews from the Holocaust, has died. She was 102.

Danko, who became deaf and blind a few years ago, passed away Wednesday in her Warsaw home. 

She died in her sleep in a hospital bed recently purchased for her by Holocaust survivors,British-Israeli activist Jonny Daniels, founder of the From the Depths commemoration group that collected the money for the bed, said in a statement.

Before World War II, Danko was an orphan who was taken in by a Jewish family named Kokoszko in Otwock, near Warsaw. During the war, Danko almost singlehandedly rescued all four members of the family, according to her case file at Yad Vashem, Israel’s authority for commemorating the Holocaust.

In 1998, Danko was named Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem, whose website characterises her efforts as “incredible” — unusual for the memorial.

Her son, Wojciech, wrote in a statement about his mother: “She was the most wonderful mother, full of warmth and understanding (as well as a sense of humor). She gave her three children all the best. She supported her husband Mieczysław during his five-year political imprisonment during the Stalinist terror, raising children in difficult conditions and supporting his family.”

Daniels in an obituary called her “an angel of goodness and righteousness and a beacon of light in a dark and difficult world.”

Yesterday Mrs. Krystyna Dańko, the oldest Righteous Among The Nations at 102 years old, passed away peacefully in her…

פורסם על ידי ‏‎Jonny Daniels‎‏ ב- יום רביעי, 7 באוגוסט 2019

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