The Zajaczkowski Family

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Story of Rescue - The Zajaczkowski Family

The Zajączkowskis came from the town of Włodzimierz Wołyński. During the war, the whole family - Regina with her son Ryszard as well as her daughters with their own families, Izabela Stasiuk and Maria Janiak - lived in one house.

During the German occupation the Stasiuks took in Irena Franciak and her daughter Anna. The local parish priest recommended the woman as a Pole who had lost her whole family and was looking for work. The Yad Vashem Encyclopaedia contains information that Irena's true surname was Gelman, and that she arrived in Włodzimierz after escaping from the Lwów ghetto.

Regina Zajączkowski, and later also her children, realized that Irena must be Jewish. In time Irena herself admitted this. Despite their not particularly favourable attitude towards Jews, the Zajączkowski family gave refuge to Irena and Anna until the end of the German occupation.

After the war, Irena Gelman and her daughter left for Lwów, and later emigrated to Israel.

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Bibliography

  • Gutman Israel red. nacz., Księga Sprawiedliwych wśród Narodów Świata, Ratujący Żydów podczas Holocaustu, Kraków 2009
  • Baum Marzena, Interview with Ryszard Zajączkowski, 1.01.2003