Sister Cecylia Roszak who was believed to have been the oldest nun in the world and the woman that risked her life by hiding Jews from the Nazis during WWII has lost her life aged 110 in Krakow, Poland.
Poszak left this world in the Dominican convent in the city of Krakow, where she lived for nearly 90 years. The archdiocese of Krakow posted a photo of her on Twitter with the sad news.
Poszak was born on March 25, 1908, in west Poland and joined the Dominican monastery in Krakow aged 21. She went to Vilnius in Lithuania in 1938 to establish a new monastery, but her plans changed when the war broke out.
The sisters, reportedly, hid around a dozen Jews from Nazis during the war, one of the people she helped was activist and writer Abba Kovner who later testified at the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann.
Ms. Roszak’s superior was arrested by the German authorities in 1943 and the convent was closed down.
The nuns were awarded the “Righteous Among the Nations” medal by Israel following the war, which is an award that Israel gives to non-Jewish people who risked their lives during the war to save Jews.
Ms. Rozsak returned to Krakow after the war, where she worked as an organist and cantor.