The Jaroszynski Family

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Story of Rescue - The Jaroszynski Family

During the II World War, Sister Klara Jaroszyńska’s family offered their home as a shelter to a number of their Jewish friends. Hiding with them from August, 1942, was the daughter of the Lautenbergs, Halusia, whose parents joined her upon escaping from the Radom ghetto. When harbouring the girl became too dangerous for the family, Sister Klara brought Halusia to the Centre for the Blind in Laski near Warsaw, ran by the Order of the Franciscan Nuns. She introduced Halusia as her young cousin, taught her prayers and provided her with food and clothing.

Sister Klara spent the years 1942 to 1945 in hiding together with Sister Miriam Wajngold, a nun of Jewish descent who would become the addressee of Jerzy Liebert’s „Letters to Agnieszka“, published in 2002. During this time, Klara cared and provided for Miriam.

Also moving is the story of Ewunia, aged three, whom a friend of Klara’s found in Kraków. When the little girl first saw Klara, she grabbed the nun’s leg and yelled, “Pick me up!” Sister Klara indeed took little Ewa in her arms, and continued to care for her until the liberation. In 2005, at age sixty, “Ewunia” found her rescuer and, accompanied by her whole family, came to thank Sister Klara for saving her life.

Other Stories of Rescue in the Area

Bibliography

  • Gutman Israel red. nacz., Księga Sprawiedliwych wśród Narodów Świata, Ratujący Żydów podczas Holocaustu, Kraków 2009