On 16th September 2018, the Polish Institute New Delhi, in collaboration with the Centre for European Studies, Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA), presented an exhibition titled “The Good Samaritans From Markowa” at the Jindal Global University (JGU), Sonipat, Haryana.
Ms. Małgorzata Tańska, Deputy Director, Polish Institute New Delhi, along with Dr. Rohee Dasgupta, Associate Professor and Executive Director, Centre for European Studies, JSIA, opened the exhibition to inquisitive students from International Relations and other streams having interest in Polish history and Holocaust Studies. The exhibition will be on display till 31st October 2018 at the JGU Library.
The exhibition depicts the story of the Ulma Family – Poles murdered by the Germans for helping Jews during World War II. The exhibition also illustrates the lives of the Polish and Jewish communities of Markowa, and the reality of German occupation in Poland, where any help offered to Jews was forbidden and prosecuted by death penalty.
In 1939, approximately 4300 Poles and 120 Jews lived in Markowa, a village situated in South- Eastern Poland. The majority of Jewish inhabitants were murdered by the German troops in 1942. Nine Polish families, despite the constant fear of being caught and killed, continued to harbor Jews. One of them was the Ulma family. On 24th March 1944, the soldiers murdered the entire Ulma family including the Ulma’s six children and the 8 Jews they were sheltering.
The exhibition has been authored by Dr. Mateusz Szpytma, Deputy President, Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) in Poland.