Porebski Wladyslaw

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Story of Rescue - Porebski Wladyslaw

Adela Grünfeld, a Germanvacationistand her son Leon, were actually Polish Jews with fake documents, escapees from the ghetto in Sosnowiec. Their ‘holiday’ in Bujaków, in the BeskidMountains,was getting suspiciously prolonged, so she started looking for another shelter for herself and her son. She was recognized by Bolesław Blachura, a friend from before the war, and aguerilla memberhiding in the same village at the Wawakand Porębskifamilies; house.

Ignacy Wawak built a brick shelter under the barn. At first it could hold four people, but was later expanded tofit more. There were Jews, prisoners that Rozalia Jurkowska, Adela’s sister, had ‘taken’ from concentration camps and German POW camps escapees of various nationalities. Around thirty people came and went to the house in Bujaków from 1943, untilitsliberationfrom the Nazis. Most fought in the Armia Ludowaguerillagroups.

They stayed in the barn or in the attic, and only little Leon openly lived in the house, as a German child. His mother taught him to answer military police’ questions in German, ‘Daddy servesonthe frontline,he is fighting the Russians!”

When asked about the danger of being denounced, Władysław Porębski, then a teenager, answers:

“I was only afraid ofbeing denounced byGermans, not Poles, because one of them [the Poles]was in Auschwitz, anotherin forced labour, transported to Germany, another one wasin the guerillayet another left in 1939 and never came back... These things united people.”

After the war all of the hiding people,exceptAdela and Leon Grünfeld, left Poland.

Władysław Porębski moved to Bielsko-Biała, where he worked for 24 years in the construction industry. He has two children and is theonly living memberof the family who gave shelter to the Jews in Bujaków.

An article from the album Poles who rescued Jews during the Holocaust. Recalling Forgotten History, Łódź 2009