The Teicher-Okowitt, Thaler and Mendel families from Krosno. Help to find them
Jerzy Kuźniar is seeking members of the survivors’ families from Krosno: the Theicher family, the Mendel family and the Thaler family. Thanks to their testimonies the Institute in Yad Vashem will be able to honour his parents Andrzej and Maria Kuźniar. Most probably the Teichers and Thalers live in the United States or Israel.
During the war Andrzej (born 26. 11. 1892, died 28.07.1972) and Maria Kuźniar (born 5.12. 1898, died 7.06.1979) lived in Krosno in Słowackiego street. In August 1942 when the ghetto was established by the Germans in the town, three families from the neighbourhood: the Mendel, the Thaler and the Teicher-Okowitt family, asked the Kuźniars for help.
Risking their own lives and the lives of their three children: Tadeusz (born 1926), Jerzy (born 1935) and Krystyna (born 1940), the couple decided to hide and feed 14 people of Jewish origin. After the liberation of the town on 8thof September 1944 the families in hiding left the attic where they had spent 24 months.
The Teichers and the Thalers fled the country but the letter exchange with Maria and Andrzej Kuźniar continued until their deaths. Two postcards sent from Israel by Maria Teicher with a Bne Brak return address and photographs of her daughter Ruth and her children are left of their correspondence. The photographs of Pinkas Thaler, which he sent in 1949 from New York, have also been saved. Nothing is known about the Mendels’ postwar fate.
The Kuźniar family, even though they had selflessly come to the aid of Jews during the occupation, were not awarded the Righteous Among the Nations title. According to Yad Vashem criteria the survivors’ testimonies are required to be recognised as Righteous Among the Nations, and these we do not have.