Yad Vashem posthumously honored a Polish woman as Righteous Among the Nations, its highest designation.

The Holocaust trust recognized Maria Zurawska, who hid three women in her home in 1943. At the time, Zurawska was widowed with five children of her own, but still welcomed in the small family, which included a near-death 5-year-old.

Thursday, Zurawska’s daughter Bronislawa Skoczylas accepted the Righteous honor on her mother’s behalf in Israel. The title is given to non-Jews who helped save Jewish lives in the Holocaust and is approved by the Israeli Supreme Court.

Also present at the ceremony were descendants of the Lakritz family, which Zurawska originally fought to save: Jay and Amy Lakritz, the children of the late Holocaust survivor Julia Lakritz, Sheldon Haber, brother of the late Holocaust survivor. Two of Zurawska’s great-granddaughters were also in attendance.

View images from the moving reunion below.

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