The Paszek Family

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Story of Rescue - The Paszek Family

During the evacuation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in January 1945, the Germans organized the so called death march. Among others, 3 Jewish women of Hungarian origin took part in this march: Olga Lengyel and her two friends, Magda and Luiza. When the prisoners were passing the village of Brzeźce near Pszczyna, the 3 women managed to escape from the convoy and take shelter in the household belonging to Maria and Ludwik Paszek.

“One of the prisoners hiding in my house notified me that there were some people in the barn" – recollects Ludwik Paszek. “I went there to check it out and first I explained in Polish that I was the farmer of this household and I asked them to come out. Then, when I repeated the words in German, a woman prisoner went out of the barn. She said that together with her two friends from Hungary she would like to ask me for help and shelter.”

After dark, the 3 women were transported in the wagon, hidden in the hay, to the household of Augustyn and Zofia Godziek. The Paszeks' house was located near the main route of the march and was exposed to frequent stopovers of the Germans during their evacuation. On the other hand, Augustyn Godziek worked in Landwache, a local order service, so he was above suspicion. Here, the 3 fugitives were given shelter and lived to see the liberation. When World War II finished, the Rescued emigrated to the USA. Both the Paszek and the Godziek families were posthumously awarded the honorary title of “Righteous Among the Nations”.

Bibliography

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