The Godzień family

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Story of Rescue - The Godzień family

Juliusz Landau was a doctor and received his diploma in 1933. He lived and worked in Złoczów before the war, but during the Soviet occupation he joined the clinic in Schodnica, in suburbs of Borysław. One of the patients whose life was saved by Juliusz was Iwan Baran.

In the summer of 1941 it was Baran who saved Landau during a pogrom. After the event Landau returned to work in the clinic and hospital, where he attended both Jewish and non-Jewish patients.

In August of 1943 Landau's mother – Hana (Klara) Landau (née Gross) – died. Then, the Godzieńs, a peasant family who also lived in Schodnica, offered Julian to hide him and his sister Zofia. The Godzieńs – father Ludwik and two grown-up daughters (Bronisława and Wiktoria) – lived in a modest one-room apartment. Juliusz and Zofia were hidden in a hiding place dug under the floor. They stayed there until the Red Army came in September 1944.

After the war Juliusz married Wiktoria Godzień. They were repatriated to Poland and lived in Warsaw. In his statement written down in 1988, Landau emphasized that he and his sister were supported fully by the Polish family. He wrote: "I kindly request that I may plant a tree for Wiktoria Godzień at Yad Vashem; she risked her life together with her father and sister to hide me and my sister".

In 1989 the Yad Vashem Institute awarded Ludwik Godzień and his daughters Bronisława and Wiktoria the titles of Righteous Among the Nations.

Bibliography

  • Landau Juliusz, Leczyłem żandarmów, Warszawa 1999
  • Grynberg Michał, Księga Sprawiedliwych, Warszawa 1993

    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.