The Laska Family

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Story of Rescue - The Laska Family

Stanisław Laska ended his education at the age of 14 in order to help his parents around the farm. Before the Second World War, Bełchów, where he stilllivestoday, did not have a Jewish population.

Miriam Chasson, an eleven-year-old fugitive from the Warsaw ghetto, came to the Laskahouse in the summer of 1943. This same year, Józef Laska, Stanisław’s father, was killedhitby a train. The remaining residents of the house were Marianna Laska, Stanisław and his three sisters. They took Miriam in. She was pretending tobe a Polish orphan fromtheZamojszczyzna regionnamedIrena Lewandowska. She had a fake birth certificate in that name.  The Laskas suspected she was Jewish, but they did not care.

She helped around the house, took the cows and sheep out to graze, attended mass and received her first communion. Shechanged her faithfor securityreasons and out of conviction.  The Laska family‘sfarm was located on the outskirts of the village and was never subjected to a German inspection or search.

After the war was over,Irena, whose parents had died,wanted to stay with the Laskafamily.However after meeting her aunt in Łódź she decided to leave them. She emigrated to Israel. She has three children and returned to the faithof her grandfathers. She visited Stanisław Laska in 2008.

“When she called, dad was completely amazed. - Stanisław’s daughter relates. - She said that she was intending to come with her family, because she wanted to show them who had saved her, and to whom she owed her survival.”

After returning to Israel, she put Stanisław forward for the Righteous Among the Nations medal.

An article from the album Poles who rescued Jews during the Holocaust. Recalling Forgotten History, Łódź 2009

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Bibliography

  • Karolina Dzięciołowska
  • Rajkowski Jacek, Interview with Stanisław Laska, 24.04.2009