The Puch Family

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Story of Rescue - The Puch Family

Marta and Antoni Puch and their daughter Danuta lived in Wólka Kańska, a village some 30 kilometres East of Chełm.

Many Jews in lived in Wólka itself and the neighbouring countryside. The Puchs lived next to the Wagners, Sara and Lejb, whose daughter Gitla frequently visited their home. The Wagners also had two younger children, Rachela and Icchak; except for Gitla, they all perished.

The Puchs looked after the young girl, taught her Catholic prayers and arranged a birth certificate for her in the name of Stanisława Puch. Later they sent Gitla-Stanisława to Warsaw, where she was taken care of by a friend of the Puchs, Janina Wróblewska. Janina found the girl work with a dentist. The young Wagner girl stayed with her till the end of the German occupation.

After the war, Gitla continued to use the name she had used during the occupation. She settled in Lodz and married. She kept in touch with the Puch family.



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