|Father Adam Sztark with his father and brother. |
During a Gestapo Aktion, he collected Jewish children to hide in a convent.
The children were discovered. They and Father Sztark were murdered by the Nazis.
How one Jewish man survived the Holocaust:
"My brother in the bright day, at noon, left Krosno wearing a priest's cassock in the company of Jadwiga Niepokoj and other known person called Cichocka. When they were walking on the street women approached my brother – and according to the custom – kissed his hand. It did not even come to their mind who was this priest.
In the village is a tradition that a new priest celebrates a Mass. Fr. Chodorkowski had to find an excuse to save my brother and himself from this problematic situation. He said that my brother is a refugee from the Poznan area, who suffers some kind of nervous instability as a result of German repressions. They did not even think: who was this priest? My brother stayed with Chodorski certain time and then, with Aryan documents, left for Krakow."
Peter Sean Bradley sent me a link to an online article, "Priests and the Jewish People at the Time of the Holocaust" by Pawel Rytel Andrianik.
It's a good paper, well worth reading. Polish priests were persecuted unto death by the Nazis. Among those who lived, many helped Jews. In some cases, their aid was so anonymous that even a priest researcher who lived nearby was unaware of it.
You can read the full paper online here.