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Gloria Glantz, whose life was saved by a Christian family as a child during the Holocaust, appears at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center in Glen Cove. Gloria is seated in a room next to a photo on the wall that shows her as a 6-year-old with her Polish "matka," which means mother in Polish, Marianna Kowalczyk. A photo of Anne Frank is above Gloria's picture. Glantz has worked to publicly thank the Kowalczyk family, who are now deceased, by arranging to have them honored as "Righteous Among the Nations" for saving Jews at great risk to themselves and their family. (Oct. 9, 2013)

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Holocaust survivor Gloria Glantz of Port Washington seeks to publicly honor the Polish couple who sheltered her during World War II.

A couple who cared for Gloria Glantz when

A couple who cared for Gloria Glantz when she was a small child during World War II, Michal Kowalczyk, left, and his wife Marianna sit in their home in Poland. Their daughter Stanka Kowalczyk holds a photo of Gloria Glantz. The photo was taken during a visit by Marilyn Starr, top left, who was also saved from the Holocaust by the Kowalczyks. An unnamed adopted son of the Kowalczyks stands at right. (1978)

The certificate honoring the Kowalczyk family from the

The certificate honoring the Kowalczyk family from the Department of the Righteous Commission of Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.

Gloria Glantz, wearing a plaid dress, is seen

Gloria Glantz, wearing a plaid dress, is seen with two other unidentified children at an orphanage in Sweden. (1945)

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Gloria Glantz, whose life was saved by a Christian family as a child during the Holocaust, appears at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center in Glen Cove. Gloria is seated in a room next to a photo on the wall that shows her as a 6-year-old with her Polish "matka," which means mother in Polish, Marianna Kowalczyk. A photo of Anne Frank is above Gloria's picture. Glantz has worked to publicly thank the Kowalczyk family, who are now deceased, by arranging to have them honored as "Righteous Among the Nations" for saving Jews at great risk to themselves and their family. (Oct. 9, 2013)

Marianna Kowalczyk, with Arnold Friedman, brother of Maryla

Marianna Kowalczyk, with Arnold Friedman, brother of Maryla Friedman, when he came to visit her in 1978 in Poland. Arnold was able to pass as Polish and had false papers during the World War II.

Marianna Kowalczyk, seen in her 80s in Poland,

Marianna Kowalczyk, seen in her 80s in Poland, and her husband cared for Gloria Glantz during the Holocaust. Kowalczyk taught Glantz, who was 3 when she was taken in by the Kowalczyks, Catholic prayers so that when the Germans questioned her background they wouldn’t suspect she was Jewish.

Gloria Glantz, 6, holds a doll given to

Gloria Glantz, 6, holds a doll given to her my her Aunt Norma in Poland. (1945)

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Gloria Glantz, whose life was saved by a Christian family as a child during the Holocaust, is shown at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center in Glen Cove. Glantz has worked to publicly thank the Kowalczyk family, who are now deceased, by arranging to have them honored as "Righteous Among the Nations" for saving Jews at great risk to themselves and their family. (Oct. 9, 2013)

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Stanka Kowalczyk, daughter of Marianna, stands in front

Stanka Kowalczyk, daughter of Marianna, stands in front of the family barn where Maryla Friedman and her mother were hidden by the Kowalczyks during World War II in Poland. (1946)

Marilyn Starr, formerly Maryla Friedman, wearing her school

Marilyn Starr, formerly Maryla Friedman, wearing her school uniform in a photo taken in 1946 when she was in Poland. She was rescued by Marianna Kowalczyk from the Holocaust.

Gloria Glantz and her husband Miles are shown

Gloria Glantz and her husband Miles are shown while on a cruise. (2010)

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