Poland’s history was nothing short of heartbreaking after being devastated by the Third Reich during World War II and enduring the hard life brought about the Soviet Communist regime. But it’s through these grueling times you will find stories of hope, courage and faith.
I want to share one of the most amazing World War II stories I’ve ever heard, told by my good friend, Iza.
Iza’s grandparents lived in a diverse town a few miles from Warsaw, where people of different nationalities lived together with the Polish in harmony.
Her grandfather was a fisherman and was out at sea when news broke out that the German Nazis had invaded Poland.
As the Nazi’s pushed deeper into their country, Iza’s grandmother had no choice but to flee the town. Not knowing the state of her husband made the already dire situation even more agonizing.
Luckily, their German neighbors who were almost like family to them, took her and her children as they relocated somewhere they thought would be safe:
Right in the middle of Nazi occupied territory.
Iza’s family posed as house servants to their German neighbors, earning them the necessary permits to prevent them from being thrown into the ghettos.
Each day they lived in fear, not knowing how long their permit will last, or if civilian spies would soon blow their cover.
Iza’s grandfather feared for his family’s safety, but sailing back home would mean certain death for him and his crew.
Fuel and supplies were running low, he made a painful decision to turn back and sail to the nearest country that has not yet been occupied by the Germans.
Iza’s grandparents had no clue that they will be separated on that fateful day. Each day as both struggled to survive, hope diminished that they would ever see each other again… But this is only half the story.
In these photos:
- Surviving Ghettos now serve as monuments dedicated to the Jewish people who died during the holocaust.
- A parade of residents in costume representing the Polish, British, Russian battalions, and a Jewish family to commemorate both the heroes and victims of World War II.
to be continued....
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