First and last names: Julia and Joseph Bar
Place during the war: Markowa, Podkarpackie Voivodeship (former Lwowskie Voivodeship)
In the summer of 1942 Jakub and Ita Riesenbach together with three children (Józef, Jennie and Marion) escaped from Markowa because they had been warned by a Polish policeman about the German plans for expelling Jews. When the winter was approaching Jakub and Ita Riesenbach asked Józef and Julia Bar for help who were their acquaintances from Markowa. The Bars agreed to hide the Riesenbach family in the attic of their house. Shortly the Bars also accommodated the Riesenbach family’s three children at request of this family. Janina Bar helped her parents in looking after the Jewish family. During severer frost the Riesenbach family passed to the hideout arranged under beetroots stored in the cellar. Despite several German searches they all survived the occupation. After the war the Riesenbach family emigrated to Canada. They maintained written contact with the Bars also sending them small gifts and small sums of money.
On Aug. 10, 1999 Julia and Józef Bar and Janina Bar-Czarnota were decorated with the medal of the “Righteous among the Nations”.