Grzegorz Łubczyk: Henryk Sławik. The forgotten hero of Three Nations

Literature

Grzegorz Łubczyk: Henryk Sławik. The forgotten hero of Three Nations (Széphalom Könyvműhely) – presentation of the book 23 September 2009 (Wednesday), 6 pm Polish Institute Budapest, VI. Nagymező u. 15.

Wednesday 23 September 2009, 8:00 pm

Poluish Institute

Grzegorz Łubczyk: Henryk Sławik. The forgotten hero of Three Nations (Széphalom Könyvműhely) – presentation of the book

23 September 2009 (Wednesday), 6 pm

Polish Institute
Budapest, VI. Nagymező u. 15.

Henryk Sławik -Polish journalist and politician. During World War II, he gave assistance to Polish refugees, including Jews, in Hungary. As President of the Citizen's Committee for Help for Polish Refugees, he organized help for interned soldiers and civilian refugees after the defeat in September 1939.
Together with József Antall, a representative of the Hungarian government, he provided the refugees false documents, which saved many of their lives.
He also saved many Jewish children, for whom he helped to create an orphanage in Vác near Budapest. It is estimated that Henryk Sławik saved nearly 30,000 Polish refugees, including approximately 5,000 Jews.
After the Germans took over Hungary in 1944, Henryk Sławik was arrested.
During the ensuing investigation, he took the entire responsibility for saving Jews and did not inform on Antall. He was shot, probably in August (on 25th or 26th) in the Mauthausen concentration camp. According to witnesses, before he died he managed to shout: "Poland has not yet perished!".
In 1990, Yad Vashem honored Henryk Sławik with the title of the Righteous Among the Nations.

Grzegorz Łubczyk (1946) - journalist, correspondent of the Polish press in Hungary, Ambassador of The Republic of Poland in Hungary 1997-2001, author of several books, owner of the order of the Republic of Hungary.

The discussion with the author will be guided by Erzséber Szenyán, the translator of the book.

After the discussion a film by Grzegorz Łubczyk - Marek Maldis: "Henryk Sławik - a Polish Wallenberg" will be shown.