JTA — Polish politician and historian Wladyslaw Bartoszewski will receive the Elie Wiesel Award from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
The award, given this year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the museum, is the highest award given by the museum.
Bartoszewski was a former Auschwitz concentration camp prisoner, the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs and an honorary citizen of Israel. He is currently the Secretary of State in the Prime Minister’s Office. During the World War II, Bartoszewski was involved in the rescue of Jews for which he received the Righteous Among the Nations medal from Yad Vashem in Israel.
Bartoszewski, due to his declining health, will not take part in the award ceremony, scheduled for Sunday. Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage Bogdan Zdrojewski will accept the award on his behalf.