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- People in story:
- Danuta Juszkiewicz
- Location of story:
- Warsaw Ghetto, Poland
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- Contributed on:
- 21 October 2005
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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