Majda Aleksander Jozef

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Story of Rescue - Majda Aleksander Jozef

Already as a student of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Warsaw Alexander Majda lively protested against “Ghetto benches” and other forms of attacks against Jewish students.

During the occupation, he continued his studies by attending secret classes. He was already a hospitant of the Department of Pathological Anatomy of the Infant Jesus Hospital and worked in the Surgery Clinic of Professor Wojciechowski. In 1942, he got married and moved together with his wife to Sadyba – Czerniaków. He joined the Home Army several months later.

He was also involved in organising support for his Jewish friends. He was hiding those who escaped from the Warsaw Ghetto and helped them to obtain false documents enabling their survival under assumed names. Jerzy Szwarcwald, Aleksander’s colleague, escaped from the ghetto in August 1942 with his wife Aniela Paulina. He found Majda who despite the danger gave him the keys to his flat and enabled their hiding until they could get their documents. Cases of Regina Rosshandler and the Turbowicz married couple were similar. Even when the runaways no longer lived in his flat, Aleksander Majda was still visiting and supporting them.

After the war, the survivors left Poland. The Turbowicz couple emigrated to the US, Regina Rosshandler to Great Britain, Jerzy Szwarcwald to Australia. For many years, all of them kept in touch with Aleksander who became a recognised professor of medicine in Poland.

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Bibliography

  • Bartoszewski Władysław, Lewinówna Zofia, Ten jest z ojczyzny mojej, Warszawa 2007
    This publication consists of 3 parts: monographic outline of the issue of aid given to the Jews; collection of German and Polish documents concerning the histories of Jews and the aid given to them; collection of the post-war reports created by Poles and Jews about the aid.
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