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Rare Holocaust-era hideout preserved near Warsaw

Poland has very few well-preserved hiding places of Jews in the Holocaust, though thousands survived the war in them.

ShowImage1 Jewish prisoners of Gęsiowka, a German-Nazi Camp in Warsaw liberated in August 5, 1944 with Polish soldiers from Battalion “Zośka” of Home Army in the beginning of Warsaw Uprising. (photo credit:WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/POLAND 1944)

Polish officials registered a rare hideout used by Jews during the Holocaust as national monument.

The hideout in Rekowka, a village situated 90 miles south of Warsaw, was used by two non-Jewish families, the Skoczylas and Kosioróws, for sheltering several Jews in 1942, according to the Holocaust commemoration organization From the Depths, which facilitated the registration process until its completion this week.

The subterranean hideout, which is connected by a trapdoor to the house that the two families shared, was home to six Jews, who were absent when German troops showed up at the house in December 1942 to search the premises, probably acting on an informant’s tip. Upon discovering the trapdoor, the Nazis killed 10 of the two families’ members.

Only four survived, and they sealed the hideout and left it untouched for 72 years, according to Jonny Daniels, founder of From the Depths, whom descendants of the victims contacted to inspect the hideout. His organization is trying to find the Jews who occupied the Rekowka hideout or their descendants.


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