The Brodziak Family

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Story of Rescue - The Brodziak Family

Anastazja and Władyslaw Brodziak lived in Warsaw, firstly at 104 Waszyngtona Street and later at 13 Bukowa Street in the Gocławek district. Władysław worked in the Post Office. Both were members of the Home Army (AK).

In 1942, they hid in their flat a Jewish engineer, Julian Hańko. Due to the building caretaker's excessive interest,  Julian was forced to find another hiding place.

After moving to Gocławek in the spring of 1943, the family took in Henryk Finkel-Korski and his wife, Karolina. They were informed upon and so, they too, needed to find somewhere else to hide. They had stayed there for a couple of months. With the help of a reference from Władysław, Henryk found work - also at the Post Office.

In the autumn of that same year, Władysław met a friend from the army. Michał Jaworski. In the ghetto, he was active in the resistance movement and in the Jewish uprising. Jaworski was worried about the fate of his family - his wife Zofia and son Jerzy. For two years, they had been hidden by various friends, but had not been able to find continuous shelter. After that meeting, the Brodziak's decided that they would take Michał's family under their roof. Zofia and her son stayed in Anastazja's care until the fall of the Warsaw Uprising.

Henryk and Karolina, as well as the Jaworski family, survived the War. Władysław Brodziak died in 1944 fighting with the resistance in Warsaw. 

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Bibliography

  • Gutman Israel red. nacz., Księga Sprawiedliwych wśród Narodów Świata, Ratujący Żydów podczas Holocaustu, Kraków 2009
  • Grynberg Michał, Księga Sprawiedliwych, Warszawa 1993

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