Krzyz i mezuza (The Cross and the Mezuzah)

  • Helena
  • Szereszewska
  • Warszawa
  • 1993
  • personal accounts
  • yes
  • no
  • Polish
  • Her father managed a farm. She finished junior high school in Piotrkow and left for Geneva to study. She married her cousin, Stanislaw Szereszewski. They settled in Warsaw. They had three daughters. They lived in Narbutta Street, on 10 August 1940 they moved to Walicow Street No. 6. During the First Action they were deported from there and, in mid-August, assigned a house at Lubeckiego Street No. 6. She got a life number in September 1942. In the end of September 1942 the Szereszewscy family moved to Muranowska Street No. 42. On 18 January 1943 at the Umschlagplatz; she was released by Faders, a German commissioner. On 31 January 1943 she crosses to the 'Aryan side'. Lives with her daughters, who crossed the day before, at Chlodna Street. She has papers with the name Alicja Maria Biernacka, later Majewska. In March she moves from Chlodna Street and lives with her daughter, Marysia, in Lwowska Street. From June 1943 at the Felician Sisters in Leszno Street. On 14 August 1944 she is evacuated with her daughter Marysia and Macius. They went to a camp near Berlin, where they stayed until 25 April 1945. Later, they came back to Poland.