Mother Matylda Getter
The Franciscan Sisters of the Family of Mary ran a sanitary point and a soup kitchen for the poor on Hoża Street. They extended aid to both civilians and members of the underground by providing jobs and shelter. It was also here that they took in children led out of the ghetto.
“I am rescuing a person who is asking for help,” that was a mantra of Matylda Getter, Mother Superior of the Warsaw Province of the Franciscan Sisters. In the years 1942-1943, she remained in contact with the employees of Centos (Organization for Abandoned Children and Orphans Care), a Jewish institution helping the ghetto’s youngest residents. She assisted many children in reaching the so-called ‘Aryan side’ – she organized birth certificates and hid the children in the orphanages managed by the Sisters.
“I will never forget this moment, as long as I am alive,” Lili Goldschmidt recalls the first meeting with Mother Superior Matylda. Lili, together with her sister Mary, found shelter at the Sisters’. “Mother Getter stood in the garden on Hoża Street. I approached her and said that I had nowhere to go, cause I am Jewish and I am an outlaw. She replied: ‘My child, whoever enters our courtyard and asks for help, in the name of Christ, cannot be turned away’.”