The Puch Family

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Story of Rescue - The Puch Family

Danuta Iwaniuk, née Puch was born in 1932 in Wólka Kańska.

Danuta lived with her mother Maria, father Antoni and sister Stanisława in Wólka Kańska near Chełm Danuta Iwaniuk talks about a little Jewish girl, Gitla Wagner, who grew attached to their family and was sheltered. During the war, they baptized her and prepared her for the First Communion as their own daughter Stasia.

Later, one woman took her to Warsaw. Danuta does not know anything about her fate during the war, but Gitla survived.

The women met in Łódź. After the war, Gitla went to school, then she got married. In the early 50’s, she came to Wólka Kańska to thank the Puch family for saving her life.

Danuta Iwaniuk and her family received the medal “The Righteous Among the Nations” in 1998. Danuta also mentions the Wojciechowski family from the neighboring village Kanie, who supported a Jewish family hiding in the forest during the entire war. They were also awarded the medal “The Righteous Among the Nations.”

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.


  • Dąbrowska Anna red., Światła w ciemności. Sprawiedliwi wśród Narodów Świata. Relacje
  • Stachyra Joanna, Interview with Danuta Iwaniuk, 1.01.2008