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  • Carol
    I have not heard any updates as of yet, anyone in the group hear anything? Carol ... confidential or ... or use ... delete it ... St.John ... family hid ...
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      I have not heard any updates as of yet, anyone in the group hear
      anything?

      Carol

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      > Any update on this story Carol. It's so typically sad.
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      > From: Poland-speaks-out@yahoogroups.com
      > [mailto:Poland-speaks-out@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Carol
      > Sent: 17 February 2009 16:17
      > To: Poland-speaks-out@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [Poland-speaks-out] Brooklyn man searching for girl his
      family hid
      > during Holocaust
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      > Group,
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      > I know this is a long shot but use the link for photo's and pass
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      > along to others. Maybe we can make a differance.
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      > Carol
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      > Brooklyn man searching for girl his family hid during Holocaust
      > BY Corky Siemaszko
      > DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
      >
      > Tuesday, February 17th 2009, 1:47 AM
      >
      > Monaster/News
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      > Edward Pieniak, a Polish immigrant who moved to Brooklyn four years
      > ago, knows the odds are long, but he hopes The News can help track
      > down the girl his family saved from Nazis during the Holocaust.
      >
      > Under the name 'Teresa Wisniewska,' this woman was hidden from the
      > Germans during World War II by the Pieniak family.
      > Everything about her was a lie.
      >
      > Her name was not Teresa Wisniewska. She was not a cousin from
      another
      > Polish village. She wasn't Catholic, she was a Jew.
      >
      > None of that mattered to Edward Pieniak when he was a toddler and
      his
      > family hid her from the Germans in World War II.
      >
      > None of that matters now.
      >
      > "She was like my older sister and I loved her," said Pieniak, a 67-
      > year-old grandfather who lives in Brooklyn. "What I really want is
      to
      > find her again. I want to see Teresa one more time."
      >
      > Finding Teresa, who would be about 77 today, is like trying to
      track
      > down a ghost.
      >
      > She never told them her real name. She did not say where she was
      > going when she left as a teen in 1947. She never contacted the
      > Pieniak family again.
      >
      > All Pieniak has is a faded photograph of Teresa, smiling at a
      family
      > wedding in 1944. He has what his mother told him. And he's got
      > fragmented memories of his "big sister."
      >
      > "I was about 6 when she left, so I remember things like going with
      > her when she took the cows to graze in the fields," he said.
      >
      > "I remember holding her hand and that she had black hair and black
      > eyes and was very beautiful."
      >
      > It was 1942 and the Holocaust was underway when Teresa turned up in
      > Wlasnosc, a crossroads south of the city of Lublin that's now
      called
      > Kloczew.
      >
      > Teresa was 10 and may have been from another flyspeck village
      called
      > Olszyniak. The mysterious couple that brought her said her parents
      > had been murdered - and that she was taught Catholic prayers to
      make
      > it easier for her to pass for a Pole.
      >
      > "My mother didn't have the heart to turn her away," Pieniak said,
      and
      > Teresa became the daughter his mother never had.
      >
      > They sewed together. They planted tomatoes. They sang and tended to
      > young Edward and his baby brother, Kazimierz.
      >
      > Pieniak has clear memories of the fear that gripped the family
      > whenever the Germans raided.
      >
      > "Everybody knew we would all get a bullet to the head if Teresa was
      > found," he said. "My father hid her in the woods or took her to the
      > local priest, who hid her in a hole in his cellar. She came back
      when
      > the Germans were gone."
      >
      > The neighbors knew Teresa's secret "but nobody said a thing,"
      Pieniak
      > said. "She went to church with us. If strangers asked, my mother
      said
      > she was her niece."
      >
      > Two years after the war was over, Teresa suddenly announced it was
      > time for her to return "to my people."
      >
      > "My mother didn't want her to go and cried a lot," Pieniak
      said. "She
      > bought her a green dress and a burgundy-colored dress. Then my
      father
      > drove her by horse cart to the town of Ryki, where she boarded a
      > train."
      >
      > And she was gone.
      >
      > Pieniak grew up, married and raised two children of his own. But he
      > never stopped wondering about Teresa. And once, on a train in 1965,
      > he thought he saw her. "But it was not her," he said.
      >
      > Pieniak said he tracked down a boy from his village "who had been
      in
      > love with Teresa and had an address for her in Krakow." She was not
      > there.
      >
      > He also contacted Jewish organizations in Poland, but they couldn't
      > track Teresa down based on the photograph and what he and others
      told
      > them.
      >
      > Four years ago, Pieniak moved to Brooklyn to be with his daughter.
      He
      > contacted the Daily News after reading an interview in a local
      Polish
      > paper with News reporter Erin Einhorn, who wrote "The Pages in
      > Between," a book about the Polish family who saved her mother from
      > the Nazis.
      >
      > "I know what I would say to Teresa if I saw her again," Pieniak
      > said. "I would tell her how much I missed her and ask her, 'Why did
      > you disappear?'"
      >
      > csiemaszko@nydailyn <mailto:csiemaszko%40nydailynews.com> ews.com
      >
      > http://www.nydailyn
      <http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2009/02/15/2009-02->
      > ews.com/news/2009/02/15/2009-02-
      > 15_brooklyn_man_searching_for_girl_his_fami.html
      >
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