No manhunt for Jews on that day was planned. Routine searches were supposed to be carried out at the nearby houses, in order to bring out the unwilling Poles to work at the fortifications on the eastern front. It was August 25, 1944. Germans knocked at Anna Gruchała’s door. The woman lived together with her daughter-in-law Julia and two grandchildren in Dąbrowa Tarnowska. The gendarmes broke in and started to search the apartment. The women started to worry. Luckily, the children were at the neighbors’ place. Suddenly one of the officers came across some kind of locker. Five people were found in that room. In fact, only five, as there were eight of them usually. The other three – the Jewish Cizera family – managed to escape almost at the last minute. Those Jews who were found, including two children, were shot on the spot. Anna Gruchała was similarly treated. Julia was arrested and, having her hands tied with barbed wire, was taken into custody. From there she was taken to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where she died, orphaning two children.
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