A CARD FROM THE CALENDAR - STEFANIA RZEPECKA
– Not Dina Goldstein, but Danuta Pasławska. This is your name from now on, so remember,” explained Stefania Rzepecka, the widow of a secretary of the Piotrków court who had been murdered by the Germans. Rzepecka handed her a brand-new identity card and fastened a gold chain around her neck with a medal of Our Lady of Loretto. It belonged to Marysia, Stefania’s teenage daughter.
That same evening, the Polish woman took Dina to Kalwaria, to a married couple who were friends. He was a railwayman, often on the move, and she – a beautiful blonde confined to a wheelchair – needed a dame de compagnie. For the Germans, this explanation was self-evident.
The woman survived the war, although in the meantime someone had given her away and Stefania helped her once again.