A Survivor's appeal- prof.Marian Grynberg meets with students
The family went to Izabelin, today a luxurious neighborhood, then a mere village. They went from house to house and under the name Jastrzębski Marian Grynberg's father asked for shelter. The search was very exhausting, no one had room for 2 cold-stricken adults and a four-year old boy.
Klara Neugebauer agreed to keep the family in her garage. Though there was a stove in the garage, the winter of 1944/45 was so harsh they had to take ice of the door with an axe in order to open it.
The Jastrzębski-Grynbergs stayed at Klara Neugebauer's to January 1945.
One day, the professor says, Klara told my father that he looks just like this “Jew from Wola (a neighborhood), a doctor, but he was a cultivated man, not a red-neck like you”. The Grynberg's were mortified, but they had nowhere else to go, so they had to stay in the garage, risking denounciation. When they were leaving Klara's house, she said she recognized him the first day, because before the war her husband, a carpenter was dr. Grynberg's patient. What she said about the “red neck” was supposed to calm them down, to ensure them that she hadn't recognized them as Jews.
The Grynbergs stayed in touch with Klara Neugebauer until her death in 1948 or 49. After the parents died Grynberg wanted to find Klara Neugebauer having very scarce information about her. The search was futile.
During the meeting the professor asked the students and the staff of the Christian Theological Academy to remember the name of Klara Neugebauer and to spread the word of her heroism.
Professor Grynberg is a lecturer at the Institute of Experimental Physics at the Warsaw University, in years 1992-2005 he was the vice-president of the Foundation for Polish Science.