"A Time to Heal" (Ecclesiastes 3:3)
The Story of the Children's Home in Otwock, Poland

Antek Lemberg

Antek Lemberg (Binyamin Harari, 1933-1998) was born in Lodz to a well-established family. His father was an engineer. When he was one his mother passed away, and his father raised him along with his older brother Boris.

During the war the family went to Warsaw. In the beginning of 1943, after the mass deportations of the summer of 1942 and before the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Antek’s father sent both of his sons to live in hiding on the Polish side of the city. Since Antek had blue eyes, blonde hair and spoke fluent Polish, he was not forced to go into hiding, even visiting movie theaters with other children in Warsaw. He also hid for a short period of time in a village under the care of a Polish family.

Antek’s brother Boris did not have an “Aryan” appearance like his brother. Antek was once traveling on a trolley and saw an approaching trolley stopped. All of the passengers were taken off the train, and on the trolley only one child remained alone, kept under heavy watch by the Germans. It was Boris, Antek’s brother. That was the last time Antek ever saw his brother.

After the war Antek arrived in the children’s home in Otwock, but after approximately one year he fled from the home in order to immigrate to Eretz Israel.

In Eretz Israel Antek joined, along with his friends from the children’s home in Otwock, Kibbutz Amir. He studied architecture in the Technion, married and started a family.

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