Sagan Bronislaw

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Story of Rescue - Sagan Bronislaw

In the winter of 1943, a young Jewish boy, Tuwia Lewiński , arrived at the home of Bronisław Sagan, a farmer in Wólka Szczawińska (Mazowieckie Province). Tuwia had escaped from the ghetto in Radzymin in the winter of 1941 and, for a long time, had wandered around the local villages doing odd jobs and helping out on farms. From the autumn of 1942, he had been hidden by the Gierwatowski family but, when German military police began appearing in the area more frequently, the family directed the boy to a nearby village, to the home of Bronisław Sagan. Sagan immediately took the boy in and cared for him.

Years later, Tuwia wrote, “Bronek was like a father to me, but also a friend. He had a strong influence on my character and outlook. I owe him my life.”

During German searches, the boy hid in the barn or escaped to the nearby forest. But tragedy struck during one of these escapes. Seeing German military police entering the yard, Stefan, Bronisław’s brother, called out for Tuwia to run away. The boy managed to escape but, at that same moment, a soldier shot Stefan. In the evening, Tuwia returned to the house and found the family preparing for the funeral. Sagan, once again, took the boy in and did not turn him away.

In 1944, Tuwia left the Sagan home and joined the partisans. At the end of the War, he returned. In 1947, he was found by the Syjonistyczna Koordynacja (World Zionist Organisation). He was placed into a Jewish children’s home in Łódż and was then taken to Israel. The Sagan family farewelled him emotionally. Bronisław gave him some money for the trip.

Until 1956, Tuwia maintained correspondence with the Sagan and Gierwatowski families. In 1989, he came to Poland and reunited with Bronisław. In that same year, he hosted him in his own home. During his two-month stay in Israel, Sagan was honoured as a Righteous Among the Nations.