Your stories

Many stories, which tell of the reactions of the Poles to the horrors of the Holocaust, have only survived in the memory of the families of those who witnessed these events with their own eyes. As the very last among these witnesses pass away, so do their stories which, today, only exist in oral form. Many of these stories will be lost forever. We believe that every single Rescuer deserves a place in our collective memory. For this reason, we have also decided to use our portal to publish those stories which have so far not been thoroughly documented.

If any stories of the rescue of Jews during World War II have ever been told within your family or amongst your friends, please down note these stories and send them to us. Once the text is properly edited and verified, the story will be published on our site. We believe that this will also be an opportunity to identify other witnesses of the events described in such stories. Contact us.

"Our neighbor reported on the Jews my mom was hiding to the police" – the story of Regina Tkaczenko from Żółkiew
My family lived in Żółkiew since the 1920s. My father, Jan Sobczyszyn, worked in Kopernika Street...
The testimony of Zbigniew Pycka on hiding a Jewish woman in Adamów
During the Second World War, my grandparents Feliks and Józefa Pycka lived in Adamów (Łuków count...
Teresa Jawic, Tirza Potter – a Survivor
Teresa Jawic was born on 11th February 1934 in Warsaw. Her father Zygmunt (Zusman, born in 1893 i...
Hiding Jews in Gołuchowice (Zawierciański District)
As one of the last living witnesses of the events of WWII in Gołuchowice, Zawierciański District,...
Seeking the Warzycha Family
In May 2015 a local newspaper in Brześć on Bug published an article in the hope of finding out wh...
The story of rescue Ziva Garini by Wala Konowska
My mother, Ziva Garini, was born on 4 November 1923 in Rawa Mazowiecka. Her parents, Jakub Aaharo...
"Two farmers denounced them to the Blue Police" - the story of Jerzy Siekański
Before the war, I lived together with my parents Stanisław and Wanda Siekański in Węgleszyn near ...
Two friends. Sima and Pola
Sima Gleichgevicht-Wasser and Apolonia Gorzkowska-Nikodemska knew each other even before the war....
Roman Pułka's memories of rescuing a Jewish woman in Milanówek
During the war, I lived with my parents and my younger brother in Milanówek, Warsaw area, in a sm...
The story of Władysław Łańczak
Before the war, in the village of Pakoszówka near Sanok there was a Jewish married couple named G...
Edward Buca's memories of his parents hiding Jews
Before the war, my parents Mieczysław and Rozalia Buca lived in Felsztyn, a village in the Lviv p...
Jan Szelc's Story
Jan Szelc was born in 1928 in Uwisła. He grew up in Kopyczyńce (Tarnopolskie Province) in a commu...