Boleslaw had many Jewish
acquaintances in the overcrowded Kielce ghetto. He used to bring
them food and extricated several of them from it: Estera Jurkowski
and her two brothers, Lapa and his wife and their four years old daughter,
Maciej Rusinek (false name from the Kennkarte) with his wife and their
six years old daughter, and the Ksawer couple. He placed them with
friends in Warsaw. Most of them survived the war. Estera testified
to his complete disinterestedness. See Grynberg, op. cit.
IMIOLEK, Antoni (1902-1962)
IMIOLEK, Czeslawa, wife
They lived in Warsaw.
As Antoni was ill with tuberculosis, the burden fell mainly on Czeslawa,
who worked as a cleaning lady. In August 1943 an acquaintance asked
Czeslawa to hide two Jews, as that person was hiding already three other
persons. They were Leon Weinstein and his sister-in-law Bronislawa
Szafran. Antoni built them a hiding-place in the cellar concealed
by coal, where they hid in moments of danger, but normally they stayed
upstairs with the family. One day the Germans burst into the house.
Antoni managed to conduct Leon to the cellar and to escape with Bronislawa
to the garden, but Czeslawa was badly beaten. Fortunately the Germans
failed to find the Jews. Searches were repeated several times with
no effect. Just before the end of the occupation Leon sneaked outside
to take a walk. When he did not return the Imioleks became so concerned
that they sent the 11 years old Marianna to look for him. Catching
sight of him, in a group of Jews surrounded by armed Germans, she exclaimed:
"Uncle, come home, I am looking for you, mother waits with dinner".
Unbelievably, she succeeded to conduct him out from the middle of the enemy.
Both refugees went to the USA. See: Grynberg, op. cit.
During the war Anna worked
in a German factory in Warsaw. There she came to know Anna Uminski
and took her into her apartment as well as her husband, who came from Lvov
in 1943 under the name of Zbigniew Wysocki. This lasted till the
Warsaw Uprising, although some people suspected that she harbored Jews.
The factory was transferred to Austria, with all its employees and all
three stayed there till the end of the war. The Uminski couple went
to the USA and Anna returned to Poland. See: Grynberg, op. cit.
Danuta see KOSZUTSKI-ISSAT, J.D.
IWAN, Stanislawa see ROSTOCKI,
Ignacy and mother Stanislawa IWAN
IWANICKI, Jan (1899-)
Jan, who resided with his
wife and two children in Warsaw, took into his home Hania, the 15 years
old daughter of Dr. Festensztat, the physician of his children, until she
found work as a nurse in an orphans' home. He also helped the doctor
by providing him with false documents and finding him work as a cashier
in a workers' co-operative. Dr. Festensztat testified, already by
1950, to the complete disinterest of Jan. See: Grynberg, op. cit.
IWANIUK, Zenobia, wife
IWANIUK-PUCH, Danuta (not
related) see PUCH, Antoni & Maria, parents
IWANIUK, Mikolaj (not related)
IWANIUK, Franciszka, daughter
IWANIUK, Paulina, daughter
IWANSKI, Henryk, alias BYSTRY
IWANSKI, Wiktoria, alias
JANKA (1892-1976) Henryk's wife
IWANSKI, Waclaw (1908-1944)
IWANSKI, Maria, alias CECYLIA
(1910-) Waclaw's wife
The entire family has great
merits for saving many Jews and assisting the fighting Warsaw ghetto.
In November 1939 four Jewish officers of the Polish Army, Dawid Maurycy
Apfelbaum, Henryk Lifszyc, Bialoskora and Kalman Mendelson came to Henryk
Iwanski, declaring that they do not want to go to a German "Oflag" (officers'
POW camp). They asked him to organize the resistance of the Jews.
The family helped many Jews to leave the ghetto, conducted them often through
the sewers to prepared places of refuge, in their own homes or elsewhere,
fed them and nursed the sick and wounded. They also brought arms
and ammunition to the fighters in the ghetto. The brothers, Henryk
and Waclaw and Henryk's son, Roman, took part in the fight against Germans
on April 27, 1943, together with the members of the ZZW, Jewish Fighting
Organization on Muranowski Square. Waclaw was killed; Henryk and
his son Roman were gravely wounded. Roman died soon from his wounds.
Zbigniew, another son of Henryk fought on Karmelicka Street and died on
May 3, 1943, escorting a group of Jews out of the ghetto. Roman and
Zbigniew were mentioned here before among those who lost their life for
helping Jews. See: Bartoszewski & Lewin, op. cit. Smolski, op.
cit., Wronski & Zwolakowa, op. cit.
IWANSKI-BOCHENEK, Maria (not
related) see BOCHENEK, Bronislaw, husband
Maria Jolanta see ULIASZ, Jan & S., parents
IWASZKIEWICZ, Jaroslaw ((1894-1980)
IWASZKIEWICZ, Anna born
LILPOP (1897-1979) wife
A poet and writer of great
renown, Jaroslaw harbored on his estate at Stawiska many people of Jewish
extraction, like the couple Muszkat with their daughter Aniela and her
daughter. The Goldbarts, father and son, from Brwinow, also benefited
from their hospitality or from that of other people whom Jaroslaw and Anna
found for them. Just before the war Anna had sold some building-lots
at Podkowa Lesna to the Kanwassers, who paid for them but did not have
time to notarize the transaction. When they found themselves in the
ghetto, Anna brought them back the money. Another person who was
helped by them was Prof. Ludwik Wartenstein and his daughter Wanda.
A book by Krystyna Nowakowska "Moja Walka o Zycie" (My fight for life)
published in Warsaw in 1948, contains an eloquent introduction by Jaroslaw
Iwaszkiewicz. See: Grynberg, op. cit.
see KOWALCZYK-IZRAELOWICZ, S.
IZYK, Rozalia, wife
IZYK, Kazimiera, daughter