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US group celebrates Poles who saved Jews during Holocaust

  • Stanlee Stahl, left, executive vice president of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, hugs Marian Turski, a Holocaust survivor, in Warsaw, Poland, on July 10, 2016. A group of Polish Christians who risked their lives to give aid to Jews during the Holocaust were brought together for a luncheon in Warsaw to be honored and celebrated by a U.S.-based Jewish organization that provides aid to these rescuers. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    Stanlee Stahl, left, executive vice president of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, hugs Marian Turski, a Holocaust survivor, in Warsaw, Poland, on July 10, 2016. A group of Polish Christians who risked their lives to give aid to Jews during the Holocaust were brought together for a luncheon in Warsaw to be honored and celebrated by a U.S.-based Jewish organization that provides aid to these rescuers. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ryszard Zielinski, 85, right, a Pole who helped to save Jews during World War II, attends a luncheon, accompanied by his son Mieszko, in Warsaw, Poland, on July 10, 2016. A group of Polish Christians who risked their lives to give aid to Jews during the Holocaust were brought together for a luncheon in Warsaw to be honored and celebrated by a U.S.-based Jewish organization that provides aid to these rescuers. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    Ryszard Zielinski, 85, right, a Pole who helped to save Jews during World War II, attends a luncheon, accompanied by his son Mieszko, in Warsaw, Poland, on July 10, 2016. A group of Polish Christians who risked their lives to give aid to Jews during the Holocaust were brought together for a luncheon in Warsaw to be honored and celebrated by a U.S.-based Jewish organization that provides aid to these rescuers. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Stanlee Stahl, executive vice president of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, speaks during a luncheon in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday July 10, 2016. A group of Polish Christians who risked their lives to give aid to Jews during the Holocaust were brought together for a luncheon in Warsaw to be honored and celebrated by a U.S.-based Jewish organization that provides aid to these rescuers. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    Stanlee Stahl, executive vice president of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, speaks during a luncheon in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday July 10, 2016. A group of Polish Christians who risked their lives to give aid to Jews during the Holocaust were brought together for a luncheon in Warsaw to be honored and celebrated by a U.S.-based Jewish organization that provides aid to these rescuers. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

One man is 101 years old. Others are in their 80s and 90s and arrived in wheelchairs, with a walker, or leaning for support on children who are themselves no longer young.

A group of Polish Christians who risked their lives to give aid to Jews during the Holocaust were brought together for a luncheon in Warsaw to be honored and celebrated by a U.S.-based Jewish organization that provides aid to these rescuers.

Stanlee Stahl, executive vice president of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, told 35 rescuers that "you were the precious few who chose not to be bystanders."

She added: "Words are truly inadequate to express the gratitude of the Jewish people to each and every one of you."