The Dziadek Family
Story of Rescue - The Dziadek Family
On a certain autumn night in 1943, the four-member family of Michał Bloch arrived at the apartment of Alojzy and Zofia Dziadek in Włodzimierz Wołyński. The apartment was located in a clinic building at 15 Szpitalna Street. Dr Michał Bloch was, at the time of Soviet occupation, director of the local district hospital where Alojzy worked as a gardener and where Zofia distributed underwear from the warehouse. The Bloch family found itself in Włodzimierz Wołyński in the spring of 1939, having fled east from Warsaw.
After fleeing the Włodzimierz ghetto in September 1942, the Bloch family hid in surrounding villages. When the Polish-Ukrainian conflict escalated and the surrounding villages went up in flames, Bloch, together with his wife Olga, his eighteen year old daughter Freda and sixteen year old son Jerzy, turned for help to the family of Alojzy and Zofiai Dziadek, who had three small children – three year old Jadwiga, one year old Irena and Józef who was born in 1944.
Until the liberation of Włodzimierz Wołyński in July 1944, Alojzy and Zofia hid the Bloch family in the basement of their apartment. They gave them food and a roof over their heads, they took away the waste and also delivered them newspapers. ”I couldn’t bear to look at his tears”, recalls Zofia Dziadek in an interview for the Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
After the War, Dr Michał Bloch moved to Łódż where he opened a medical practice. In 1948, he and his family moved to Australia. Until 1966, the Bloch and Dziadek families maintained contact via correspondence.
Zofia Dziadek sums it up in this manner,”I think that God rewarded me for hiding those four, the Bloch family. God perhaps rewarded me. I’m not complaining even now. I’m sick, I can’t walk, but I’m not in pain, so I’m happy about that”.