The Trzeciak Family

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Story of Rescue - The Trzeciak Family

Edward and Eufrozyna Trzeciak and their two sons lived in Brzozowica near Międzyrzec Podlaski. Edward was a forest ranger.

In 1942, Edward Trzeciak was driving a horse and cart when he came across a young girl crying next to the road; he took her home with him. She was a Jew, Lidia Damm, who together with her mother had escaped from the Lwów ghetto. While still in Lwów, they had been provided counterfeit documents by Karol Kuryluk; Lidia was now called Maria Ludmiła Kogut. The Trzeciaks named the young girl Ludka and cared for her until the end of the war.

Being off the beaten track, the forester's house was safe from nosey neighbours, but threatened by other dangers. Not only were German forest services often in the neighbourhood, but at night, the house could be at the mercy of outlaw bands, which became more and more active as the Russian front approached. Fearing these attacks, Edward sent his wife and sons to Międzyrzec, remaining in the house with just Ludka.

When the Red army arrived, the Trzeciaks moved west together with these forces; they ended up settling in the Tri-city area around Sopot, Gdynia and Gdansk. In post-war Poland, Edward and his family were persecuted due to his wartime underground activities. Ludka decided that she wished to enter an orphanage and for a long time she lost all contact with her former guardians. However, she found them again years later and applied for the title "Righteous among the Nations” to be bestowed on Edward and Eufrozyna.

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Bibliography

  • Weitman Wioletta, Interview with Stanisław Trzeciak, a son of Euforyzna and Edward Trzeciak, 1.01.2008