Pfeiffer Aniela

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Story of Rescue - Pfeiffer Aniela

During the war, Mrs. Aniela Pfeiffer worked as a cook and housemaid at the palace in Świerszczów, eastwards of Lublin. She has never frequented any school, and she has learnt everything during her service. She baked bread and helped in the kitchen, mainly.

She tried to help Jews, she accepted three women – a mother whose husband's name was Józef, her daughter Hana and her sister, Malka. However, Mrs. Pfeiffer had no place to hide them. Eventually, they spent about three weeks in the attic of the manor, before being found by a Pole called K., who collaborated with the Nazis. Eventually, they were killed.

Earlier, Mrs. Pfeiffer had been helping a group of 11 Jews who had been hiding in a dungeon in the park that surrounds the manor. She tried to provide them with some food, but it was very difficult. These were shot in Cyców, when they were discovered.

After the war, K. asked Mrs. Pfeiffer and her husband to testify for him, but he died before they were asked to present their testimonies in the court. Mrs. Pfeiffer says she wouldn’t have testified in favour of a quisling.

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