Israel – The Nazi officer made famous in Roman Polanski’s movie “The Pianist” has been posthumously honored by Israel’s Holocaust memorial.
Yad Vashem spokeswoman Estee Yaari says the museum awarded the honor of “righteous among the nations” to Capt. Wilm Hosenfeld based on testimonies of Holocaust survivors. She says he rescued at least two Jews in Poland from the Nazi genocide.
Hosenfeld joined the Nazi party before World War II, but later wrote about his “disgust and horror” at the systematic murder of European Jews. After the war, Hosenfeld was arrested and jailed by the Soviets. He died in a Soviet prison in 1952.
The museum says it will award a medal and certificate to Hosenfeld’s descendants on his behalf. No date has been set for the ceremony.