The Rescue of a Childhood Friend

Stanislawa Rotman-Kaczmarczyk

Poland

Stanislawa and Jakub Rotman on visit to their hometown Plock, 1973Stanislawa and Jakub Rotman on visit to their hometown Plock, 1973
Stanislawa Rotman with daughter Bozenna, 1949Stanislawa Rotman with daughter Bozenna, 1949
Bozenna Rotman - left - with Righteous Magdalene Grodzka-Guzkowska at the name unveiling ceremony at the wall which also bears the name of her motherBozenna Rotman - left - with Righteous Magdalene Grodzka-Guzkowska at the name unveiling ceremony at the wall which also bears the name of her mother

Stanislawa Kaczmarczyk and Jakub Rotman were childhood friends from Plock. Before the war, Kaczmarczyk moved to Warsaw and after the occupation, met Rotman. Since Plock was annexed to the Reich and therefore subject to strict anti-Jewish laws, Kaczmarczyk invited Rotman to come and stay with her in Warsaw until he found an apartment. Rotman took up the offer, and when the Warsaw ghetto was established, Kaczmarczyk obtained forged documents for him in her brother’s name, enabling him to pose as her husband. On several occasion, Kaczmarczyk saved Rotman when the Polish “blue” police were after him. Kaczmarczyk also helped other Jews who fled to the Aryan side of the city. One day, an acquaintance brought Fela Szulc and her seven-year-old daughter to Kaczmarczyk’s home, asking her to shelter them temporarily. Despite the fact that they were complete strangers, Kaczmarczyk gave them a warm welcome. She retrieved her late sister’s birth certificate from the Church registry, enabling Szulc to obtain official Christian documents, and arranged for Szulc and her daughter to stay with one of her acquaintances. After the war, Stanislawa Kaczmarczyk married Jakub Rotman. They settled in Warsaw and had a daughter. In 1987 Stanislawa Rotman left Poland for Israel to join her daughter, who had immigrated to the country two years earlier. 

On July 17, 1989, Yad Vashem recognized Stanislawa Rotman-Kaczmarczyk as Righteous Among the Nations.

In 1995, the couple’s daughter, Bozenna, began working at Yad Vashem, in the Department of the Righteous, where she was put in charge of the Polish desk researching and preparing files of Polish rescuers, like her mother.

 

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