During World War II Franciszka Adler lived with her son Wiesław in Biała Podlaska. The woman’s husband was then in Oflag II C Woldenberg (now Dobiegniew, Lubuskie Province). One day in 1943, an elderly Jewish man knocked on the woman’s door asking for food. He was probably separated from a group of Jews who were forced to work nearby. The woman gave the man food and returned to the flat. Then she heard a banging on the door. A German gendarme spotted a Jew in her yard and demanded an explanation. Fearing for her life and that of her son, Franciszka replied that she knew nothing about the Jewish man, and that she had been in the house the whole time. The gendarme believed her words and allowed her to return to the flat. When the woman went out into the yard after some time, all she found were blood stains.
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