US Senate Resolution
Recognizing Polish "Righteous Among Nations"

Sponsored by Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA)

Introduction of this resolution was in fact suggested to Sen. Specter by the Polish American Congress (PAC). The PAC also furnished the office of Sen. Specter with a draft of the resolution during a meeting that took place as part of the Polish American Congress Day on the Capitol Hill in March 24, 2009. During that day, representatives of the Polish American Congress met with several U.S. Senators to discuss issues of key importance to American Polonia as well as possibilities of cooperation. This resolution was one of many suggestions made that day by the PAC (see story).

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S.RES.289

Title: A resolution encouraging the people of the United States to reflect on and remember the integrity and courage of the 6,135 Christian men and women of Poland who acted to save their Jewish countrymen and countrywomen from extermination by Nazi Germany.
Sponsor: Sen Specter, Arlen [PA] (introduced 9/25/2009)
Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 9/25/2009 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
September 25, 2009
Mr. SPECTER submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations


RESOLUTION

Encouraging the people of the United States to reflect on and remember the integrity and courage of the 6,135 Christian men and women of Poland who acted to save their Jewish countrymen and countrywomen from extermination by Nazi Germany.
Whereas the year 2009 marks the 70th anniversary of the start of World War II, a war that should be remembered for introducing the world to the repulsive and unprecedented barbarism and cruelty of Nazi Germany;

Whereas Poland was the first country attacked and enslaved by the government and armed forces of Nazi Germany as part of the methodical extermination of European Jewry by Nazi Germany;

Whereas 6,135 Christian men and women of Poland acted with great integrity and courage, risking their lives and the lives of their families, to save their Jewish countrymen and countrywomen from the barbarism and extermination of the Nazis;

Whereas the 6,135 Christian men and women of Poland who acted to save their Jewish countrymen and countrywomen did so in spite of the threat of their immediate execution and the execution of their families, a threat that people in no other country in Nazi-occupied Europe had to endure; and

Whereas the 6,135 Christian men and women of Poland who acted to save their Jewish countrymen and countrywomen represent approximately 27 percent of the 'Righteous Among the Nations' honored by Yad Vashem in the Republic of Israel:

 Now, therefore, be it Resolved,
That the Senate encourages the people of the United States to reflect on and remember the integrity and courage of the 6,135 Christian men and women of Poland who acted to save their Jewish countrymen and countrywomen from extermination by Nazi Germany.

 
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