June 7, [1943]

...When they both had left the house, Henryk stole out through the window in order not to have to cross the yard... He returned the same way from the barbers, but a Volksdeutsche woman called Podgorska watched Henryk from an upper balcony as he stole in and out. As it turned out later, she had long suspected Teresa of harboring a Jew. She ran at once to the Gendarmerie post and within a few minutes the house was surrounded. The Gendarmes broke open the door and found only Henryk. They beat him but he said nothing. He pretended he was mute. They waited for the owner of the apartment.

The occupants of the house decided to warn Teresa with the help of their children. When she learned what had happened she returned home instead of escaping. It had seemed that she was an ordinary and rather empty-headed person, but she proved to be a courageous girl. It had seemed to her that if she gave evidence that she had known Henryk for a number of years and believed him to be an "Aryan" she would be able to save him. She did not think about herself. When she entered, Henryk, who was bleeding badly, gave her to understand that he had said nothing. An investigation was begun to find out who he was and why he did not speak. She explained: "He must have been frightened." She also explained that she had known him for two years and that he was a Pole. She was asked why he had climbed out through the window, and she replied that they had agreed that he would do so when she was not at home. One of the Germans then gave an order, without hesitating, to examine Henryk in a brutal manner in Teresa's presence. They were both taken away. Henryk was killed. Teresa was saved with great effort by Volksdeutsche relations who had connections. She was sent to a concentration camp.

W. Bartoszewski and Z. Lewinowna, eds., Ten jest z ojczyzny mojej Polacy z pomoca Zydom 1939-1945, Cracow, 1969, p. 951. (English version: Righteous Among the Nations: How Poles Helped the Jews, 1939-1945, London, 1969.)

* Sabina Dluzniewski.