Jakob Steinkeller heard rumors that the Nazis were planning a "children's action" for the Zawiercie ghetto in which he and his family were forced to live. To save his 5-year-old son Frederik, he approached the Nowaks, a Polish Catholic family that lived above the workshop where he worked. Smuggled to the workshop, Frederik survived the war with the Nowaks. His father Jakob, however, was deported to the Auschwitz killing center. Frederik hid in several locations in the Nowaks' one bedroom apartment-under a table, in a bed, and even inside this wardrobe. Ensconced in these hiding places, he avoided detection by the Gestapo (which had offices in the same building).
Friday, July 18, 2008
The hidden children
Stories of Jewish children who were hidden by other families during the Holocaust. Click on the wardrobe on the bottom right to see a video of the touching reunion of the people involved in this story: