The Uggla Family

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Story of Rescue - The Uggla Family

“I don’t really know who was at our place” - Ludwika says. She was living in Milanówek with her family; her husband, Hjalmar, was a Swedish descent, he cooperated with the Home Army.

After the Warsaw Uprising the Germans moved all captured Varsovians to Pruszków, and then sent them out to the camps. People were escaping and soon some 50 people found their way to Ludwika’s home. The family put them in the basement. You could enter the basement by lifting the trapdoor, which was otherwise covered with straw. The basement was only a meter high, the people had to sit, crouched, in the sand.


She did not care who was a Jew and who was a Pole. All of them were Varsovians for her. “The Germans were making raids -  she says. - They’d go around the houses and pick out Varsovians.”


Some people left the Uggla household after a couple of days, but a sizeable group remained until the liberation. Among those, the ones who stayed the longest were Jews: Mrs. Zofia Lewartowicz and her son, 14-year-old Kazik, and one more mother with two daughters.

“We didn’t know them from Adam before - Ludwika says. - We didn’t care about who they were.”

Mrs. Lewartowicz left Poland in 1949, and Mrs. Ludwika moved to Olsztyn, where her husband became the chair of pedology at the Agricultural Academy.


“In 1950 we were still exchanging letters. Then the contact faded.”

It was only in 2006 that her son, Zbyszek, accidentally got in touch with Kazik, Zofia’s son, via e-mail.

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Bibliography

  • Hjalmar Uggla
  • Perzyńska Anna, Interview with Ludwika Uggla, 1.01.2008