The Czechonski Family

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Story of Rescue - The Czechonski Family

Before the Second World War, the Gorzyczański family livedin Łódź. After the Nazis occupied the city and founded the ghetto, they escaped to Tomaszów Lubelski, where their relatives lived.

In Tomaszów it turned out that the relatives of the Gorzyczańskis left to the east. Therefore, the escapees from Łódź asked for help their acquaintances, Emilia and Piotr Czechoński. They had been hiding in their house until the extermination action in May 1942.

Because the Nazis intensified the search for Jews on the “Aryan side”, the Gorzyczańskis decided to only leave at the Czechońskis their 7-year-old son. They themselves left the hiding place and moved to the forest. They never returned – they were probably killed in the Bełżec death camp.

For two years, the Czechońskis had been hiding the young Szlomo in a shelter behind a wardrobe in their house. He spent whole days reading books. He never left his shelter, only once he decided to go to Tomaszów, where Polish children recognized he was a Jew and wanted to hand him over to the Nazis. He managed to escape. He never left the house of the Czechońskis again.

After the Red Army reached Tomaszów Lubelski and Lublin, Szlomo found some of his relatives who had survived. He left Poland and settled in Israel. In 1999, thanks to his efforts the Czechoński family was posthumously honored with the title “Righteous Among the Nations”.

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Bibliography

  • Czajkowski Tomasz, Interview with Szlomo Gorzyczański, 1.01.2006