Wanda Ajdels (nee Pawłowska) together with her father Leopold lived in Radom, at 20 Prosta Street. Their house was located near the so-called „little ghetto” established in 1941. After a short time, another one was established on Wałowa Street. Wanda decided to help the Jews housed there. Whenever there was a chance, she would leave food for them on the bank of a dried-up fishpond on her property. In 1942, the Germans began the liquidation of the ghetto. A significant number of Radom Jews were then deported to the camps in Treblinka, Blizzard and Buchenwald. Many of them were exterminated and the rest were sent to local labour camps. This process continued until mid-1944.
One evening in 1942, Wanda noticed an exhausted, unconscious man lying by a pond. It turned out that he was Jewish. His name was Bernard Ajdels. He had escaped with two companions who had been shot. Pawłowska decided to hide Bernard in the pantry of her flat. The man revealed that his parents had remained in the ghetto. Wanda carried food parcels for them until the final liquidation of the ghetto.
After some time, Pawłowska obtained a false identity card for Ajdels under the Polish name Edward Jarosz. She obtained this card from the church chancellery on Radwańska Street. Wanda decided to rent a room in a neighbouring house, where she moved in with Bernard. They stayed there until July 1943, when they were denounced and arrested by the Gestapo. After these events, Wanda was summoned for interrogation, where she was tortured. Seriously wounded, she was taken to a hospital on Malczewskiego Street, where she managed to escape after four months, with the help of a nun. Bernard was taken to Auschwitz concentration camp and then to Sachsenchausen. Happily rescued, he returned to Radom in November 1945 to thank his guardian. He found Wanda and soon after, they were married.
In 1985 Wanda Ajdels (née Pawłowska) was awarded the title „Righteous Among the Nations”.
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