The Stupnicki Family
“A carriage which was to take us to Mickiewicza Street was waiting outside the ghetto walls. I was so tense that I could not recall where exactly it was waiting”, says Anna Stupnicka-Bando. At the age of 13, she led Liliana Alter out of the ghetto. Liliana was her peer and daughter of a Bund activist.
“Lilka’s father cried while they said goodbye. I knew they would never see each other again. A horrid scene. I put on her coat, green with a black velvet collar; she put on mine, navy blue with a large collar and a beret with edelweiss, the Sisters of the Resurrection uniform. And so we walked out, just like my mama told me – heads up, looking straight ahead, past the guardhouse and towards the gate.”
“Lilka moved in with us as our cousin. My mum arranged for new documents for her under the name ‘Wójcik’. She did no look like anyone of our family. And yet, somehow, the neighbours did not inquire how come this cousin had so suddenly arrived…”