The Maciejewski Family

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Story of Rescue - The Maciejewski Family

Jan Maciejewski was born in 1949. Jan is a son of Adolf Maciejewski, who with his siblings - Czesław and Janina and father Wincenty were involved in helping Jews.

Wincenty Maciejewski, was a pre-war activist in the Communist Party of Poland, and was a well-respected citizen of Kraśnik. Perhaps for this reason, the Jewish siblings named Seidman, came to the Maciejewski family. The Seidmans lived in the attic for over two years. At the beginning of the difficult times, the Seidman brothers probably gave their younger sister to a ghetto. The reason given by them were some physiological problems regarding the girl. The Maciejewski family were angry because of this. 

Wincenty Maciejewski and his family also helped to hide a man nicknamed “Oilman” because of his occupation. He survived, but has never contacted the Maciejewski family.

Jan's grandfather and uncle organized help for twelve Jewish friends from Polichna. The group was too numerous to stay at Maciejewski's house, so they were sent to Jan`s grandfather's friend and then to Jan's aunt. All of them survived. Some of them lived together with the Maciejewski family till the moment of their emigration to Israel in 1949. They are still in contact.

After the war, one of the Seidman brothers was killed in Janów Lubelski, the other emigrated to Austria and has never contacted Jan's family.

The Maciejewski family tried to apply for the Righteous among the Nations' Medal, and were helped by Nuchym Szyc from Lublin, but his death interrupted their efforts and there was nobody to help them later.

The relation was recorded in the framework of the project "Lights In The Darkness - The Righteous Among The Nations", courtesy of the "Ośrodek Brama Grodzka - Teatr NN" in Lublin

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Bibliography

  • Dąbrowska Anna red., Światła w ciemności. Sprawiedliwi wśród Narodów Świata. Relacje, Lublin 2008
  • Kawa Magdalena, Interview with Jan Maciejewski, a grandson of Wincenty Maciejewski, 8.10.2007