Catholic prayer book that belonged to Anna Chelpa, who hid three Jews in her home, including Miriam and Yehoshua Laufer

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Catholic prayer book that belonged to Anna Chelpa, who hid three Jews in her home, including Miriam and Yehoshua Laufer

"What a pity that we didn't have more room. We could have saved more Jews."

Anna Chelpa, as quoted by D. Golan in an interview held after she immigrated to Israel, Maariv, 24 December 1965

Jan and Anna Chelpa, a young Catholic couple, scratched out a living on a small piece of land in the village of Dublany outside Sambor, Poland.

Under the German occupation, the couple witnessed the brutal deportation and murder of their Jewish neighbors and decided to hide three Jews in their home – Yehoshua Laufer, his daughter Miriam and Marcel Ornicz. They shared their meager provisions with their hidden charges, sometimes going out and begging in order to provide for them.

Catholic prayer book that belonged to Anna Chelpa who hid three Jews in her home, including Miriam and Yehoshua Laufer
Catholic prayer book that belonged to Anna Chelpa who hid three Jews in her home, including Miriam and Yehoshua Laufer

Catholic prayer book that belonged to Anna Chelpa, who hid three Jews in her home, including Miriam and Yehoshua Laufer
Catholic prayer book that belonged to Anna Chelpa, who hid three Jews in her home, including Miriam and Yehoshua Laufer

Righteous Among the Nations Anna Chelpa, prewar
Righteous Among the Nations Anna Chelpa, prewar

Jan Chelpa, prewar
Jan Chelpa, prewar

Miriam (Laufer) Raps, postwar
Miriam (Laufer) Raps, postwar

Yehoshua Laufer, postwar
Yehoshua Laufer, postwar

Henryk-Tzvi Laufer, prewar
Henryk-Tzvi Laufer, prewar