Jankowice k. Jarosławia
In calendar terms, spring has already sprung. The days were getting longer, birds were chirping, heads of spring flowers were poking through here and there, trees were waking up from their winter stupor. People were also in a hurry to take a breath of fresh air and enjoy the rays of spring sunshine. Especially those who had been hiding from the German torturer for a long time in barns, stables or forest dugouts. Among them was the Nadel Jewish family: Jeremiah, his wife Necha, their 7-year-old daughter Mila, Necha’s sister Regina Amada, and Necha’s brother Hersz Amada. For a long time, they had been spending their days hidden in the straw in the attic of the stable belonging to the Polish family of Maria and Szymon Fołta from Jankowice near Jarosław. A woman called Dora Ring hid in the Poles’ house. The Jews only went out at night, but even then only to a very limited extent. Danger was lurking everywhere. At that time, everything seemed to have eyes and ears… And it was likely that „everything” brought the German gendarmerie and the Blue Police from Jarosław to the Fołtas’ house. On 25 March 1944, they turned up at the Poles’ farmstead and began a thorough search. They had peasants from the village with them, whom they forced to comb the farm. When one of the uniformed men started shooting at the straw stored in the stable, suddenly a muffled moan could be heard over the straw: ” Argh!”. The officers did not need more. In a flash, all those in hiding were dragged out of their hiding place. Only Hersz Amada, who happened to be outside the farm, escaped with her life. The other five were shot on the spot. – OK, now you take a spade and bury these pigs so that they won’t stink anymore – said one of the perpetrators to Szymon. The Pole moved docilely for the tool, but on the way – sensing the scenario ahead – he threw himself into flight. The Germans reacted immediately. Szymon fell to the ground, knocked down by bullets. It happened in front of his daughter Alexandra. The girl and the rest of the family managed to escape from the farm in time and hide in the nearby fields of grain. She did not return home until three days later.
News of the farmer’s tragic death spread rapidly through Jankowice. As a result, two Jews, fugitives from the Warsaw ghetto, escaped from Tomasz Blok’s farm in fear of a similar fate. After two days, they returned and managed to survive until the end of the war.