A Polish nun who helped hide Vilna ghetto rebels during Holocaust has died at 110 years of age. Sr. Cecylia Roszak is thought to have been the oldest nun in the world.
She was are Roman Catholic nun that was honored by Israel for helping to hide Jewish resistance fighters in her convent during World War II. She died on November 16, 2018 at age 110. She passed away in the Dominican convent in the city of Krakow.
The archdiocese of Krakow in Poland announced her death:
W Krakowie zmarła najstarsza siostra zakonna na świecie – Matka Cecylia Maria Roszak z klasztoru sióstr dominikanek „Na Gródku”. Z okazji 110. urodzin, które obchodziła 25 marca tego roku, odwiedził ją #abpMarekJędraszewski.@EpiskopatNewshttps://t.co/tUH8x8vvmW pic.twitter.com/vPj7CA0tyX— Archidiecezja Krakowska (@ArchKrakowska) November 16, 2018
Roszak was born on March 25, 1908 in the village of Kiełczewo in west Poland and joined the Dominican monastery of Gródek in Krakow when she was 21, the Independent reported.
According the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial page dedicated to Anna Borkowska, the mother superior of the convent, the sisters took in 17 members of an illegal Jewish underground movement that formed to fight back against the extermination of the ghetto’s residents.
Borkowska was arrested in 1943 and the convent closed down. She and Roszak both survived the war and the latter returned to the monastery in Krakow, where she worked as an organist and cantor.
In 1984 Yad Vashem gave the members of the convent, including Borkowska and Roszak, its Righteous Among Nations award, which honors non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. (Edited from the Times of Israel)