STEFANIA PODGORSKA MOVIE

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Unlikely protectors were youngsters when they hid 13 people in a cramped Polish apartment. The dentist begged Stefania to admit his nephew with his wife. Stefania died on September 29, at the age of 97 in Los Angeles, California. Meanwhile, in Brookline, Stefania began working on her memoirs, which would eventually grow to typed pages. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Max kept vigil with others to eliminate any noises. After a few weeks they were completely without money.

Copyright Los Angeles Times. Webarchive template wayback links All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from May All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from February When she was in Poland a decade ago, Miller again launched a search, but found nothing. Polish Righteous among the Nations. Stefania started by smuggling food into the city’s Jewish ghetto to the family that had once been her employer. Helena by then was married and working as a radiologist in Warsaw.

There were the names, Stefania and Helena Podgorska, and the story of how the young girls had saved so many during the German occupation of Poland. Stefania started to knit sweaters and take orders for them, from her friends and acquaintances. Their son, Ed, lives in Los Angeles and srefania will visit for the next two months. When the Russians finally entered Poland near the war’s end, all 13 left their hiding place for the first time and scattered to points around the podgorskka.

Hidden in Silence – Part 1

Then Josef spoke fondly of Stefania, of all the years they had spent together. Polish Righteous among the Nations. January 10, J. William Shylenger and his daughter Judy, and a friend of his, a dentist with his son. The dentist begged Stefania to admit his nephew with his wife. Shylenger with his daughter, and the dentist with his son. He contacted his family in the Ghetto, and asked Stefania to accept them also, including his younger brother Henek and Henek’s wife Danuta, Dr. Then came the day she decided to hide the first of the Jews, a young man who had escaped from a train headed for the death camps.

Webarchive template wayback links All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from May All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from February In later years, he would change his name to Josef Burzminski and he would become Stefania’s husband of 50 years.

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The Burzminskis, both now retired, have been here as well. In order to accommodate the fugitives Stefania soon rented a semi-detached cottage with two rooms, a kitchen and an attic, on Tatarska Street. Helena with her sister Stefania moved in first, followed by Max Diamant.

Max made a wall in the attic from boards bought by Stefania, securing a sleeping quarter for everybody. What has happened since then is a story of reunion, joy, memories and tears.

Since that time, one thing has led to another. The culmination of all this will occur today when the two sisters–one now living in a Boston suburb, the other a doctor in Stefanix be honored at a luncheon sponsored by the Martyrs Memorial of the Jewish Federation Council of Los Angeles. The Jewish fugitives begged the two sisters to flee as they felt that all of them were doomed.

It had to be them, Miller thought, the ones she had been seeking for almost 50 years–the teen-ager and her 7-year-old sister who somehow hid the 13 until the Russian army arrived near the end of World War II. A television movie called Hidden in Silence which tells their story, was made in by Richard A.

Meanwhile, in Brookline, Stefania began working on her memoirs, which would eventually grow to typed pages. Each knock at the door brought another surge of fear.

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And it will bring together six of the 15 people who for two years were crammed into the sisters’ tiny apartment with no running water. In the late s, a tree was planted in Israel in their honor. Views Read Edit View history. Copyright Los Angeles Times. The dentist’s friend, a widow from the ghetto came also with her son and daughter. In early a German officer entered the apartment and podgogska that Stefania and Helena must vacate the place in two hours.

Seizure Led to FloJo’s Death. After a few weeks they were completely without money. German nurses were in the apartment next door, and there were long periods of absolute silence among those hiding in the cramped attic. Stffania wrote a threatening note that she would denounce the girls if she was refused. Neither the town nor the number who had been saved were mentioned, so she had no reason to think the people on the screen had anything to do with her mother.

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Her father had died before the war began, and her mother and brother had been pressed into German labor camps.

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Though a child at the time of the German occupation, she never forgot the podyorska sisters. Unlikely protectors were youngsters when they hid 13 people in a cramped Polish apartment. When money ran out, Stefania and others took to knitting sweaters as a way of raising cash.

InStefania and Josef immigrated to Israel, where he opened a dental practice in Tel Aviv, while Helena remained in Poland to study medicine. They had done it enough, including telling their story in detail as part of research for a proposed movie about the sisters.

When she traveled to Israel inshe tried to find them there.

Max, who took the name Josef Burzminski, proposed to Stefania Fusia and was accepted. An SS man moved in next door. Soon after the arrival of the Nazis, her mother and brother were taken to Germany for forced laborwhile the Diamants were forced into a ghetto.

Helena by then was married and working as a radiologist in Warsaw. Stefania died on September 29, at the age of 97 in Los Angeles, California.

This page was last edited on 2 Decemberat There were two times when Miller, who lives in West Los Angeles, could have have seen Stefania on television. His scores make his case. The first was at the dedication of the Holocaust museum; the second was an appearance by Stefania and Josef last year on Oprah Winfrey’s TV show.

Another of the group flew in over the weekend from Germany for the occasion. The only thing they didn’t want to discuss was the actual time of hiding.