Vale Anna Kożmińska obm (1919-2021)

March 31, 2021
Source: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Anna Koźmińska (1919–2021), the world’s oldest Righteous Among the Nations (1991) and honoured by the President of Poland with the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2016). She passed away on 24th March 2021, at the age of almost 102.

During the Holocaust, in Częstochowa, she and her stepmother, Maria Koźmińska ( née Hoffman), helped Abraham Jabloński, an eight-year-old Jewish boy who, with the help of his family and Polish friends, had escaped from the Częstochowa ghetto.

Despite his “bad appearance”, little Abraham was able to go about quite openly outside the ghetto and was even supposed to serve as an altar boy in the Paulist monastery on Jasna Góra. He hid with the Koźmiński ladies until January 1945.

Click HERE to read the Anna’s story.