Zestaw do śledzików. Relacja Danuty Orzeszko-Bałuk


POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Polish Righteous (righteous.pl) Do you know why it is so valuable?
Because it is a paradox that humans did not survive
but physical objects did. And for me,
it is an absurdity of it all. Danuta Orzeszko-Bałuk is a daughter
of Janina Orzeszko, a dentist. During World War II, Janina Orzeszko
helped many Polish Jews to survive through the German occupation. Among them, there
was, for instance, her co-worker, Mr Rubinek. She provided asylum to Jewish people
in her house in Radom. His name was Rubinek. He lived in the ghetto area
in Wałowa Street in Radom. He felt endangered and decided to leave
for Warsaw to seek an asylum there. He thought he would remain anonymous
among strangers, in the crowd. Unfortunately, he arrived
in Warsaw just before the Warsaw Uprising
and he was killed. After the war, Janina Orzeszko
was visited by Mr Rubinek’s wife. My mother gave her all the things,
which were kept in our house, this dressing case and a suitcase. I do not remember precisely, since I have
only a vague memory of that visit. Mrs Rubinek took all those things
and gave my mother a token of gratitude, a symbol, a souvenir
– just this set of herring plates. Many people found shelter
in Mrs Janina Orzeszko’s house, particularly after the Warsaw Uprising. After the Warsaw Uprising
it was a true exodus. A great many people flocked
into our house. People were lying on the floor,
on mattresses filled with straw. About forty people lived
in the house, and thirty of them were served
dinner regularly. There were both Aryans
and Jews among them. One of them was, for instance,
Jadwiga Handelsman, wife of Prof. Marceli Handelsman,
the outstanding historian medievalist. Mrs Handelsman was
a great fan of walking. We had a garden around the house. Among those living in the house,
there was also Henryk Wawrzyński. Everybody was keen on walking.
I do not know why. My mother used to say:
“Go to the garden at night or sit in the garden
during the day” Mrs Handelsman, however, wanted to go
into the park at Żeromski Street. One day, one of my mother’s patients
visited her. He was a so-called
Polish Blue Policeman. “I know that you hide
those Jewish women”, he said. “Tell them not to stroll
at Żeromski Street” And then, my mother categorically
forbade anybody to go there. “You can go for walks in our garden”,
she would say. The set of herring plates is now
a part of the collection of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Polish Righteous (righteous.pl)

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