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Majda Aleksander Jozef

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Story of Rescue - Majda Aleksander Jozef

As a medical student at Warsaw University, Alexander Majda actively protested against the “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 student of the Pathological Anatomy Department of the Infant Jesus Hospital and worked in the Surgery Clinic of Professor Wojciechowski. In 1942, he married and, together with his wife, moved to Sadyba-Czerniaków. Several months later, he joined the Home Army.

He was also involved in organising support for his Jewish friends. He hid fugitives from the Warsaw Ghetto and helped them to obtain false documents, which enabled them to survive under assumed names. Aleksander’s friend, Jerzy Szwarcwald, escaped from the ghetto in August 1942 together with his wife Aniela Paulina. He located Majda who, despite the danger, gave him the keys to his flat where they were able to hide until they could obtain documents. The situations of Regina Rosshandler and the Turbowicz couple were similar. Even when the fugitives no longer lived in his flat, Aleksander Majda continued to visit and support them.

After the War, the survivors left Poland. The Turbowicz couple emigrated to the United States, Regina Rosshandler to Great Britain and Jerzy Szwarcwald to Australia. For many years, they all kept in touch with Aleksander, who had became a well-respected professor of medicine in Poland.

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Bibliography

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    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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