Polish President Andrzej Duda
Polish President Andrzej DudaReuters

Polish President Andrzej Duda bestowed medals and state honors to actors of the Jewish Theater in Warsaw, reports JTA.

The Polish President honored a total of seventeen actors from the Jewish Theatre after their performance of “The Night of the Whole Life” play, during the International Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony.

Ten of the honored actors received further recognition by receiving the “Gold Medal for Long Service Honors” for their contributions to Polish and Polish-Jewish culture.

The same day, a ceremony commemorating Holocaust victims at the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes in Warsaw was organized by the Shalom Foundation. Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, born in the town of Oswiecim adjacent to Auschwitz, was among the participants.

“My grandmother told me about the suffering and fear,” said Szydlo during the ceremony. “Proud Jewish people did not allow (the Nazis) to destroy them."

"The Polish people together with the Jewish people, and all those who gave their lives in these terrible times, should take care to send a message of peace to the world.”