Most Rev. Albin M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3176) interviewed by Barbara Engelking-Boni
- Kraków, Poland : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- May 13, 1995.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Most Rev. Albin M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3176). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Albin M., a Roman Catholic bishop, who was born in Kocoń, Poland in 1917. He recalls his family purchasing a business from Jews; friendship with that family; attending seminary in Kraków; respectful treatment from Jews because he was a priest; Polish hostility toward Jews due to economic reasons; his chaplaincy at a nursing home staffed by the Sisters of Charity; German invasion; hiding Jews in the nursing home; the Mother Superior providing false papers; relocation of the nursing home to Szczawnica by the Germans; realizing many townspeople knew Jews were hidden and did not divulge it; postwar control of Poland by the Soviet Union; contacts with the families of the hidden Jews; and receiving the "Righteous Among Nations" medal at the instigation of the daughter of a Jew he hid. Most Rev. Albin M. discusses Polish-Jewish relations; antisemitism; the role of Jews in the history and culture of Poland; theological developments in the dialogue between the Catholic Church and Judaism; the success of Pope John Paul II, with whom he worked for twenty years, in attaining increased unity and sensitivity among ethnic and religious groups; and the influence of the Holocaust on Judeo-Christian relations.