Podgórska Stefania (1925)  
Podgórska Stefania  (1925)
Date of birth1925- -
Birth locationLipa, Poland
ParentsKubrak Katarzyna (—1968)
Podgorski Valek (—1938)
SiblingsPodgorski Stanislaus
Podgorski Michal
Podgorska Olga
Podgorska Marysia
Podgorska Kazia
Podgorska Angia
Rudziak(Podgorska) Helena (193?)
Creation date11 June 2004
Modification date04 May 2009
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Contact person Yuri Podgurski, Russia
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Stefania (Fusia) Podgуrska
Date of Birth: 1925
Place of Birth: Lipa, Poland
Stefania was born to a Catholic family in a village near Przemyl. They lived on a large farm and cultivated several different crops. While her father worked with the farmhands in the fields, Stefania's mother, a trained midwife, managed the house and cared for her eight children.
1933-39: My father died in 1938 after an illness. With my mother's approval, I joined my sister in Przemyl in 1939. At 14 I worked in a grocery store owned by the Diamants, a Jewish family. They treated me like family, and I moved in with them when the Germans invaded on September 14, 1939. But two weeks later, the Soviets occupied the city. The grocery store stayed open; I shopped in the market for food to sell to our customers.
1940-44: The Germans again occupied the city in June 1941. Like all Jews in Przemyl, the Diamants were forced into a ghetto. My mother was sent to Germany for forced labor; I was 16 and left to care for my 6-year-old sister. I found us an apartment outside the ghetto and traded clothes for food. In 1942 news spread that the ghetto was being liquidated. I decided to help some Jews escape the final roundups by hiding them. I moved into a cottage for more space. Soon, 13 Jews were living in a secret space in my attic.
Przemyl was liberated on July 27, 1944. The Jews that 17-year-old Stefania helped to hide all survived the war. In 1961 she moved to the United States with Josef Diamant, whom she married.
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Stefania Podgorska (foreground, center) lived with her younger sister Helena, hiding 13 Jews in their attic for two years. Joe Burzminski (background, left), a Jew she rescued, married her shortly after the end of the war.

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