WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Eleonora Bergman, a Polish Jewish historian and former director of the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, was awarded the French Legion of Honor.

Bergman received the medal on Thursday for her contribution to the Jewish heritage of Poland. The medal was presented by the French ambassador to Poland, Pierre Buhler. The Legion of Honor, which rewards the outstanding merits of citizens in all walks of life, is France’s highest decoration.

One of Eleonora Bergman’s achievements is preparing to publish the complete edition of the “Ringelblum Archive,” which documents life in the Warsaw ghetto during World War II.