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Story of Rescue - Bruzda Rozalia

Rozalia Bruzda, with her husband and two children, lived at 1 Czapskich Street in Kraków, From January 1941, she hid a Jewish woman from Kraśnika Lubelskiego in her apartment. The woman had false identity papers under the name of Genowefa Rakowska.

The girl appeared at the Bruzda home as a Pole looking for a room. Neither Genofewa nor the man who had escorted her to Czapskich Street mentioned that she was Jewish. It was only when she was alone with Rozalia that Genofewa admitted to her heritage. She was twenty years old, and her real surname was Rapaport.

The Bruzda's decided that they would help her and allowed her to stay. When gossip began to circulate that there was an additional, illegal person living in Rozalia's home, they hid here for some time with their family who lived in a village. She received their help for a second time in August 1944 when the Warsaw uprising erupted. The Germans began mass arrests in Kraków and the situation had become dangerous.

Thanks to the help and involvement of the Bruzda family, Genowefa Rapaport survived the War.


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    The lexicon includes the stories of Poles honoured with the title of Righteous Among the Nations in the years 1963-1989. The list of entries is preceded by a preface by Icchak Arad and Chaim CheferThe Righteous of the World.