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Chapter 31: Good Luck for Izio and Stanislaw

As he did every Sunday morning, Stanislaw arrived at church along with other worshippers to hear the Sunday morning sermon. Dr. Alexander sat in the first row and Stanislaw’s landlady sat in the row directly behind him.

After the service was over and everybody was greeting each other, Stanislaw’s landlady approached Stanislaw and asked if she could come over to visit his sick wife, Eugenia. Stanislaw did not know what to do, as he did not want to raise any suspicion. He agreed, but explained that the stroke had left her immobile and unable to speak.

Stanislaw entered the house first, went into Eugenia’s room and explained to her what she must do and how to act. He covered her head with a kerchief and pulled the blanket up to her chin.

When the landlady entered the apartment it was so dark that she nearly tripped. Stanislaw explained that light bothered the patient. They approached Eugenia who looked at them with half-closed eyes.

How are you feeling?” she asked Eugenia.

Eugenia uttered meaningless syllables, twisted her face, causing saliva to drip from her mouth. Stanislaw ran to the kitchen and brought a towel to wipe her mouth.

He asked the landlady to kindly leave her alone because her getting excited could cause the situation to worsen.

The shocked landlady crossed herself several times and left.

Dr. Alexander did not bother Stanislaw with unnecessary questions. One Sunday after the Santa Missa prayer, the doctor just disappeared. The priest later told Stanislaw that he heard that the doctor had temporarily moved to Berlin.

Izio, who became known by the name Maly, which means short and young, was sent by his partisan unit for target practice. Despite his young age, he showed determination, courage and ability to lead. In short order, he became the commander of a squadron of four men whose job it was to eliminate Germans and disrupt their supply routes. Although he never heard any anti-Semitic remarks from the members of the underground, they never did anything to protect or rescue any Jews.

At the end of December 1941, contact was made between the Jewish fighters of the ghetto and Christian Poles who began to smuggle weapons into the ghetto area for substantial payment. The Christians as well as the Jews took great risk in this operation for anyone caught smuggling weapons was immediately shot.

Word quickly spread about Maly’s unit. With his new-found clout, he managed to set up a meeting with one of the field commanders to ask his permission to be the liaison between their group, the organizations being formed within the ghetto and the Jewish partisans. The general consensus was that if a serious group to fight the Germans could be organized, the partisans of the AK would join with them from outside the ghetto.

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