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Polish Woman Honored in Israel for Rescuing Jews from Nazis

A Polish Gentile woman who headed a group in Lvov engaged in the rescue of Jews during the Nazi occupation of Poland was honored today with the planting of a tree in her name in the Avenue of the Righteous Gentiles.

Invited to Israel by a group of friends she had helped to save from the Nazi murder machine, Mrs. Wladyslawa Choms attended the ceremony and called it “the first beacon light” in her life since the end of the war.

The ceremony took place at the Yad Vashem Memorial Shrine in the presence of her Israeli hosts as well as Chaplain Kahana of the Israel Air Force and former Attorney General Gideon Hausner, both of whom are Lvov-born. Dr. Leon Kubovi, chairman of the Memorial, recalled that Madame Choms had been called “the angel of Lvov” by those she had saved.