Another ET entry, from yesterday

I had another Executed Today entry posted yesterday: Piotr Jarzyna, who was executed in Auschwitz on October 22, 1943, after he was caught smuggling medications into the camp. Twice.

I wrote to Yad Vashem to see about getting Pan Jarzyna listed as a Righteous Gentile. Yad Vashem replied that I had to produce notarized affidavits by Jewish survivors he helped. Obviously I don’t have those. But it seems to me that:

A) Those affidavits may very well exist, albeit in the Auschwitz Museum in Poland.
B) In the case of Karolina Juszczykowska, there can’t have been any affidavits from Jewish survivors because there were no survivors in that case — she was caught hiding two Jewish men in her apartment and all three of them wound up getting killed. Yad Vashem named Karolina a Righteous Gentile based on the records of the court case against her. So why couldn’t they do that for Jarzyna?

Unfortunately I don’t know how to pursue this further.

3 thoughts on “Another ET entry, from yesterday

  1. Mike October 23, 2017 / 11:26 pm

    Hi Meaghan, In the case of Piotr Jarzyna, if he were shot at Auschwitz, it is unlikely there were any “court” records… they were not needed for executions in Poland. However, the Polish government may have records that could assist in his cause. In addition, the German government has kept archives of wartime records of the Nazi government. The Nazi’s were very obsessive about record keeping. Hope this might help.

    • Meaghan October 23, 2017 / 11:34 pm

      I might email the Auschwitz Museum about this and see if they can help — they wrote the book that tells his story. I think it’s very unfair that Jarzyna, whose actions must have helped Jewish inmates as well as Polish ones, has not been honored as Righteous. And his daughter might be still alive and deserves to be recognized too.

      • Mike October 24, 2017 / 11:08 am

        That is a great idea. The Museum may have done the legwork to advance his cause.

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