|From the book, "Rescuers," by Block and Drucker.|
In the book Rescuers, Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust, authors Gay Block and Malka Drucker tell many stories, including that of Agnieszka Budna-Widerschal.
Agnieszka, a Polish Catholic, saved six Jewish men in Nazi-occupied Poland. She hid them for three years.
She married a Polish-Jewish man.
They had a daughter, Bella.
Agnieszka told Block and Drucker, "In 1954 there was a wave of anti-Semitism."
Some Polish children, a few years older than nine-year-old Bella, came to the house and invited Bella out for a walk. They walked near the train station. The train conductor witnessed the Polish children push Bella in front of the train. Bella died.
Agnieszka and her husband Shimon emigrated to Israel.
Bella did not deserve the die. There was anti-Semitism in Poland in the interwar and post-war periods. Denying this historical reality is not helpful.
You can watch part of the interview with Agnieszka here.