After the occupation of Poland, Julius Madritsch took over the management of two textile factories in the vicinity of the Krakow ghetto that had been confiscated from their original owner by the Germans. During the war some 2,000 Jewish workers were employed in these factories. Madritsch used his position to help the Jewish laborers there. Together with factory manager Raimund Titsch, he did what he could to employ as many Jews as he could, including those who were not skilled workers, working in cooperation with the Judenrat in the Krakow ghetto. Madritsch and Titsch also worked to ensure better conditions for their employees. According to survivors' testimonies, labor in the factory was hard, and they had to work long hours, required to meet pre-set quotas, but those who overreached their quotas were rewarded with extra bread rations. The factory managers even organized a kosher kitchen for the Jewish forced laborers in the factory. Later on, Madritsch opened more factories outside the Bochnia and Tarnow ghettos, and there too, the Jews enjoyed better conditions.
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