The Wydro Family

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Story of Rescue - The Wydro Family

Before the World War II, the Wydro family resided in Jasło. The mother of the family was a housekeeper, while both father and son worked in the railway company. After father’s death in 1941, it was 18-year-old Józef who had to earn a living.

In August 1942 in Wiśniowa near Jasło the Nazis were busy executing the Jewish prisoners, among them the family of 9-year-old Chana Bodner. She was the only one to escape from this ordeal.

At that time Józef Wydro was working near the place of massacre as a train dispatcher. One night he found Chana, who was totally exhausted, in the lounge room. “I shared what little I had with her and sent her to my mother’s family” – says Wydro.

The decision to take care of the little Jewish girl was not an easy one for Józef’s relatives, but when he began to persuade his mother, she finally conceded.

The neighbours, and even Józef’s brothers, were informed that the girl is the daughter of a relative from Białystok. It was mainly Bronisława Wydro who took it upon herself to look after Chana: “She taught the girl how to pray and kneel down in church. And that was what saved her after all!” – remembers Józef.

The Bodner girl was kept in the charge of the Wydro family till May 1946, when she was taken by the representatives of the Cracow qahal [qahal – an autonomous government of the Jewish community.]

The survivor and the Wydro family met each other again in as late as 1989, when Mrs. Bodner visited Poland. Although she now lives in Israel with her children and grandchildren, both families keep in contact by phone.

Bibliography

  • Miller Wiktoria, Interview with Józef Wydro , 28.02.2009
  • Gutman Israel red. nacz., Księga Sprawiedliwych wśród Narodów Świata, Ratujący Żydów podczas Holocaustu, Kraków 2009