Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Pots of Food for Nazi Victims. A Jeweled Necklace.




Source: The New York Times
Title: Property Lost in Holocaust Is Cataloged Online
Byline: Isabel Kershner
Publication date: May 2, 2011

…Yet there were also moments of kindness and heroism, one of which has recently come to light. The granddaughter of a Polish woman who lived just outside the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II presented Mr. Brown with his first piece of recovered property this week. She said her grandmother used to leave food for the forced laborers outside the camp in pots hidden in the bushes. One night, when she came to collect the empty pots, she found a jeweled necklace that had been placed in one of them.

The granddaughter, Magdalena Wojciechowska, 40, of Lodz, Poland, returned the necklace to Mr. Brown, saying it was “Jewish property.” After taking the necklace to New York for the news conference, Mr. Brown said he would hand it over for safekeeping to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem.
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing this with me. I can't tell you enough.

    The story above is very touching. Another example that we Poles were not all Anti-Semitic.

    Also, I found both family names (my mother and fathers) on the list. But we are not Jewish. I've asked people on both sides and they insist not but they say that doesn't mean cousins didn't marry Jews in some parts of the family. I find it very odd and worth researching further into my family history now. Thank you again!

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