Edelstein and Israel’s Ambassador Amir Maimon presented the award to the Bujels’ daughters, Kristina Kovalevska and Leokadija Chaninovic, during the ceremony on Wednesday.
The Bujel family was honored as Righteous Among the Nations for saving the life of Feiga Dusiacka, a 24-year-old resident of Vilnius. Feiga, together with her mother and sister and a group of other Vilnius Ghetto prisoners, on Feb. 13, 1941 were taken to Paneriai (Ponar), just outside of Vilnius, for execution.
When the shooting began, Feiga fell into the pit and lay among the dead bodies. The bullets did not hit her, and when the police left, she got out of the hole and ran to the village of Vaidotai and found the Bujels’ house, where she used to spend childhood summers together with her brothers and sister. The family hid the Jewish woman when policemen came to their house, apparently searching for Jews.
Among those present in the ceremony at the Lithuanian capital’s Sholom Aleichem school were Feiga Dusiacka’s daughters, Ana and Kotia Dobiecki, who came to Vilnius from Paris, according to the embassy’s press release.