During the Holocaust, so many Polish men and women risked their lives to protect their Jewish friends - and one Israeli organization, From the Depths, decided to honor some of these inspiring men and women by hosting a dance in Warsaw where the commander of the Auschwitz death camp went to trial. The group listened to 1930s music and danced in celebration together.
From the Depths, a group established in 2014, held the dance Sunday for the Polish Society of the Righteous among the Nations at the auditorium of the Polish Teachers’ Union, which on March 11, 1947, saw the opening of the trial of Rudolf Höss. He was sentenced to death and hanged three weeks later.
“We selected the venue because of its symbolic importance, but the activity was not a political statement but part of our commitment to try to give back just a little bit to these people,” said From the Depths’ British-Israeli founder, Jonny Daniels.
Roughly 6,500 Poles have been recognized as Righteous Among the Nations — the highest number of any country. Fewer than 300 of them are still alive.
At the event, Daniels danced to 1930s music with several righteous, including Anna Stupnicka, a member of the association who helped hide three Jews in her apartment and smuggled food into the Warsaw Ghetto, and Alicia Schnepf, secretary of the society and mother of Ryszard Schnepf, Poland’s ambassador to the United States. Also present was the Israeli soccer coach Avram Grant, who is on the board of From the Depths, and Polish officials as well as Israel’s ambassador to Poland, Anna Azari.