The Kurkiewicz Family

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Story of Rescue - The Kurkiewicz Family

She lived with her parents in the village Lipnik, in the Krzczonów county, in the Lubelskie region.

“In our village there was only one Jewish family,” she recalls. “They ran a store. We hid the whole family, thirteen people.”

They found shelter in two houses. Six people hid with the great-uncle Wojciech Kurkiewicz. In her home, the remaining seven: Chaim Huberman and his wife Paulina with three children – Andzia, Edzia, Helena, as well as the married couple Fiszel and Dora Huberman.

Her father Jan Kurkiewicz and her great-uncle were lumber jacks.

“We had a hiding place under the cowshed, very well concealed, with an extra exit into the attic. From our village, only Mr. Sadowy knew and helped us.”

There were a few dangerous instances. The first was when the Germans came in the morning. They were looking for Jews at the house. The whole Kurkiewicz family was lined up against the wall. The Germans threatened to burn the place and to kill their father. They searched the whole farm. They found no one. They were angry. “Where are the Jews?” - they wanted to know. Eugenia, who was 13 years old then, let her tongue slip and said, “oh, in heaven.”

The second situation occurred when Helena became ill. There was no doctor in Lipnik, so she had to be taken to a medical technician. To conceal her from the other people in the village the girl was carried there in a cabbage sack.

In 1944, after two years in hiding the Huberman family left the hideout, moved to Lublin, and later left Poland.

“Thanks to God everyone survived,” she says. “They did and we did.”

They keep in contact by mail.

Eugenia Chrust is the cousin of Władysława Szafraniec.

Bibliography

  • Archiwum Żydowskiego Instytutu Historycznego, 349, 2119
  • Gutman Israel red. nacz., Księga Sprawiedliwych wśród Narodów Świata, Ratujący Żydów podczas Holocaustu