"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.