Wlodarczyk Eugenia

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Story of Rescue - Wlodarczyk Eugenia

Eugenia Włodarczyk
born in 1929 in Tomaszów Lubelski.
During the war she entered the Lublin ghetto to sell food and milk, and help Jews
she witnessed the extermination of Jews in Lublin

 Before the Nazi occupation, Mrs. Eugenia Włodarczyk had contacts with the Jews from her neighborhood. For instance, as a child she used to help a Jewish family as a Shabbes goy, receiving some candies in exchange for her service. Her friend with whom she was sitting at the same desk in primary school, was Jewish. She also befriended with his family, who owned a shop with kerosene. Mrs. Włodarczyk also recounts several Jewish shops close to her house.

During the war, she lived in Lublin near the concentration camp at Majdanek. Since their farm bordered the ghetto area, she brought food to the prisoners, traded with them and helped as much as she could. She provided an arm-band with the David’s star for herself, and she was entering the ghetto wearing it not to cause suspicion of Germans.

Her mother feared something might happen to her and that even the whole family could be killed, because any kind of help for Jews could be punished with death. The mother used to beat her, however she carried on helping Jews.

In the Spring of 1942, she was a witness to the execution of about forty children from a Jewish orphanage. They were killed in Łęczyńska street.

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

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Bibliography

  • Dąbrowska Anna red., Światła w ciemności. Sprawiedliwi wśród Narodów Świata. Relacje, Lublin 2008
  • Czajkowski Tomasz, Interview with Eugenia Włodarczyk, 1.01.2006