After approving the controversial Holocaust law, Polish lawmakers on Wednesday approved a new national holiday in memory of Polish citizens who risked their lives to save Jews during World War II.

The Auschwitz concentration camp

The Auschwitz concentration camp Photo credit: Max Pixel

The Polish Senate on Wednesday approved a new national holiday commemorating Poles who risked their lives in order to save Jews during the Holocaust.

The new legislation was promoted by Poland’s president, Andrzej Duda, and was approved by a 58-14 majority. It states that March 24 will be a day that honors Polish citizens who demonstrated “courage and compassion” and “were faithful to the highest values of morality.”

Last month, Poland approved a controversial bill that criminalizes making statements suggesting Poland’s responsibility for Nazi crimes committed in its territory during World War II. This new holiday is an apparent attempt to further emphasize the heroic acts of certain Poles, while downplaying others’ role in the extermination of Jews.