Warszawa / Ochota / 5 Słupecka Street
  • Tenement building at 5 Słupecka Street, 2015, photo: A. Barański, Pańska Skórka

  • Tenement building at 5 Słupecka Street, 2015, photo: A. Barański, Pańska Skórka

  • Krystyna Wiśniewska, de domo Jakubowska, 1940s, photo: family archive, POLIN Museum

  • Krystyna Wiśniewska, de domo Jakubowska, Warsaw, 2009, photo: J. Rajkowski, POLIN Museum

The Jakubowski Family

“It was impossible to let the boy out of the house to wonder around the streets as he wanted”, says Krystyna Wiśniewska, de domo Jakubowska. “An acquaintance of ours brought him to Słupecka Street. He told my mum: ‘Ms Jakubowska, Michał will stay with you for a couple of days’. He did not return to get him back until the end of 1945.”

The birth certificate bears the name ‘Michał Fogiel’. “He called my mum ‘grandma’. When a guest came over, he would hide in the wardrobe. He knew perfectly well that he was not allowed to scream or laugh out loud. Sometimes I would take him outside in the evenings, after the curfew.”

After the Warsaw Uprising broke out, the Jakubowskis moved into the basement. “On the ninth day the Germans ordered us to come out. Mum took Michał by the hand on one side, my 9 year old sister on the other. We, the older children, walked beside them. We spent the night at the marketplace on Grójecka Street. In the morning, they sent us off to the camp in Pruszków.

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