From the testimony of Rachel Levin-Rosenzweig, who had escaped during the liquidation of the ghetto in July 1944

"[…] With a heavy heart I mounted the steps leading to his room and in my heart a sole prayer 'if only he were there'. The moment I entered he recognized me; he did not ask whence I came and for what purpose. That moment my self-assurance gave way and I burst out in bitter weeping, for my whole family was still with the Germans. He then turned to me with great warmth and said: 'It's good you are here, my daughter, I will protect you; be no longer afraid.' I received a room adjoining the church, which I did not leave for two weeks. Food was brought to me, water to wash, and clean clothes. Father Paukstys visited me every day; he would bring me books and talk with me. He told me about his life and studies, his life as a monk in Italy, his family and his work. He discussed moral issues: love of fellow men, religious tolerance, and non-violent resistance. […] He was a very religious person, but no once did he raise the religious question, and he respected me for my outspokenness. I let him understand that I was not religious, but that Jewish values were sacrosanct to me. Outside, the Germans distributed fliers that the house where Jews would be found would be destroyed and its owners killed. […]"