Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Polish Priests Helping Jews During the Holocaust by Pawel Rytel Andrianik

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

1 comment:

  1. I have read the article, and it is a moving one.

    I have previously reviewed many books on Polish rescuers of Jews under the German occupation. To see the list of these books, complete with links to my review of them, please click on my name in this specific posting.


Bieganski the Blog exists to further explore the themes of the book Bieganski the Brute Polak Stereotype, Its Role in Polish-Jewish Relations and American Popular Culture.
These themes include the false and damaging stereotype of Poles as brutes who are uniquely hateful and responsible for atrocity, and this stereotype's use in distorting WW II history and all accounts of atrocity.
This blog welcomes comments from readers that address those themes. Off-topic and anti-Semitic posts are likely to be deleted.
Your comment is more likely to be posted if:
Your comment includes a real first and last name.
Your comment uses Standard English spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
Your comment uses I-statements rather than You-statements.
Your comment states a position based on facts, rather than on ad hominem material.
Your comment includes readily verifiable factual material, rather than speculation that veers wildly away from established facts.
T'he full meaning of your comment is clear to the comment moderator the first time he or she glances over it.
You comment is less likely to be posted if:
You do not include a first and last name.
Your comment is not in Standard English, with enough errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar to make the comment's meaning difficult to discern.
Your comment includes ad hominem statements, or You-statements.
You have previously posted, or attempted to post, in an inappropriate manner.
You keep repeating the same things over and over and over again.