The Jarosz Family

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Story of Rescue - The Jarosz Family

“Mother took many risks - he recalls - and father repeated to my brothers: ‘This will not end well.’ And it didn’t. But what can you do.”

He had five brothers and two sisters. The two oldest were killed. They lived in Piaski, 20 km away from Lublin. The whole family was in the Home Army.

“I was the youngest, I took orders. There was a man, he ran a barber shop before the war, his name was Kochen, we used to call him ‘Warsaw-er,’ he led the Jewish Combat Organization. They said: ‘Clean the weapons and bring them to us.’ I like weapons very much, we had a lot of them, the commander of the police force gave them to us.”

He cleaned them in the attic of an old blacksmith with his brother, an army engineer, who was later killed, shot by a Volksdeutsch. He was bringing weapons to a meeting point. Some of the weapons went to the Jewish Combat Organization. The whole time they were in contact with the local ghetto. They took food, medicine, over to the other side, jumped the fence. “Because of course, in the ghetto - he explains - we had many Jewish friends, classmates of ours.”

“Then we arranged identity cards and false documents, later we passed along information about planned German raids and plans for removal to camps, which were obtained by a ‘Dark Blue’ policeman, who cooperated with the Home Army.”

The whole time they were helping the Lewin family who had been relocated in 1940 from Stargard Szczeciński.

Maksymilian is the youngest brother of Marianna Krasnodębska.

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Bibliography

  • Wójcik Konrad, Interview with Maksymilian Jarosz, 1.07.2008