The Jarosz Family

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Story of Rescue - The Jarosz Family

 “We had to help them- she reflects on the Jews. - It was simply the duty of any human being. They helped us too, as is normal when living together.”

Marianna lived in Piaski, near Lublin. Her father was a clerk, one of the town’s elite; they let a tenement house and owned a large farm. There were eight children in the family. All of them were part of the underground from the very moment the occupation started. The Germans murdered four of Marianna’s brothers and her grandfather for harboring the guerillas. Her Home Army codename was “Wiochna.”

“With absolute confidence and with a clear conscience- she states- I can say that none of the residents of Piaski ever betrayed the Jews in hiding. They might have been too afraid to help, but would not sell one out. There were two informers, but they were executed by the Home Army.”

She enumerates the Jews hiding in Piaski: Nina Drozdowska from Warsaw at Janek Król’s, Mrs. Makosiowa and her son at the Baranowskis’. There was a Jewish boy with the Świtacz family, a German or Czech Jew at the Siedliska, and entire family at the Zajączkowskis’. Zajączkowski was of great help to the Jews, and so were priests, and also doctor Bażański, who provided them with medication and bandages.

The friends of her family who were saved, with their help, also included: Godel Huberman, Mendel Plinka and Józef Honig with his father and brother.

She accounts their stories in her book “Stories Told” (“Historie mówione”).

“Every war- she says- brings out either the heroes or the beasts in people. And people are the same, no matter the nation.”

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Bibliography

  • Majewska Justyna, Interview with Marianna Krasnodębska, 6.06.2008