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Danuta Juszkiewicz - Growing up in the Warsaw Ghetto, Poland (Part 1)

by dreamscorpio

Contributed by 
dreamscorpio
People in story: 
Danuta Juszkiewicz
Location of story: 
Warsaw Ghetto, Poland
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A6258567
Contributed on: 
21 October 2005

Danuta Juszkiewicz

Chris contacted me and explained that he was the son of Warsaw girl who lived through the horrors of WWII and the German occupation in Warsaw, Poland; blocks from the Warsaw Ghetto; witnessed the holocaust in Warsaw; took part in the second Warsaw uprising; watched her father die soon after the war from his treatment at Dachau concentration camp at the hands of the Nazis after numerous escapes as a non Jewish Polish Army PoW.

His mother, Danuta (pictured), has seen Hitler and Stalin in person in Warsaw. She is very lucky to have survived the war having many close misses with death.

Chris has dozens of her first hand experiences of the war memorized and on paper and oddly enough shares some of her Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after effects simply growing up as the son of survivor of the war, who was exposed to her memories as a child.

I asked Chris if he would provide me with his mother's recounts of the war and he has very kindly done so. This is a stressful exercise for them both and Chris has sent me the information in parts which are now produced in full here. I have published it as I received it from him.

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Message 1 - Re: Danuta Juszkiewicz - Growing up in the Warsaw Ghetto, Poland

Posted on: 21 October 2005 by Peter - WW2 Site Helper

Dear dreamscorpio

I have read all four parts of Danuta's story and it is a very good addition to the permanent archive.

However, you say in your introduction that Danuta " has seen Hitler and Stalin in person in Warsaw".

It is just possible that she might have seen Hitler, although that seems doubtful since his visit to the city wasn't publicised in advance and was restricted to German troops. Hitler flew to Warsaw early in the morning of 5 October, 1939, to review his troops during their victory parade. He immediately flew back to Berlin and at noon the same day he gave his victory speech to the Reichstag. He never returned to Warsaw.

Stalin never visited the front, nor did he ever set foot in Warsaw. Indeed, it was with some reluctance that he agreed to meet the Allied leaders in Yalta and Potsdam, having failed to go to Casablanca. After the war a film was widely circulated showing Stalin arriving in Berlin by air for a victory celebration, but a double was used for that misleading film.

Regards,
Peter

 

Message 2 - Re: Danuta Juszkiewicz - Growing up in the Warsaw Ghetto, Poland

Posted on: 14 November 2005 by dreamscorpio

Hello Peter
Thank you for that interesting insight.
The story was written for my website by Danuta's son who is suffering PTSD so it is likely that either he misunderstood what his mother told him or that she may not have remembered correctly.
He is in the process of re-reading and writing his mother's memories at this time so the information may change somewhat.
I am glad that you found the story and read it. It is so useful to have a site such as this for people to put their stories onto and share.
You may be interested in my WWII Memories site if you haven't already visited it as there are many more personal accounts on there along with more photographs. It is located at http://www.wwiimemories.com/.About links I hope you get to drop by and find it interesting.
Kind regards
Krista

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