The Lasota family and Józef Zieliński - murdered for helping Jews
„The forest offers a lot of opportunities. It can work. Or rather, not: it can, but: it must. Because there is no other way out…” – Stanisław Lasota, a forester from Borszczów, wondered frantically when he decided to give shelter to a dozen people of Jewish origin. He had a wife and a son, Jerzy, and he knew very well that by helping just one Jew he was risking the lives of his entire family. However, his conscience did not allow him to abandon a man in need. – Stasiek, you know that whatever you decide, I will help you – his wife Stanisława encouraged him.
A man called Józef Zieliński, also a forester, committed himself to supporting the Lasotas. And he was true to his word. Without his help, it would have been much more difficult, because there were many people to hide and support, among others Maria Moszko with her daughters Marta, Klara and Pepcia, Maria Moszko’s sister Hańcia, Józef Zuśko with his wife Sara and sons, and Józef Mendel with his wife and three children.
The Jews benefited from the solidarity of the Poles until March 17, 1943, when the Germans organised a raid on the Lasota farmstead. On that day, the German officers murdered the entire Lasota family and Józef Zieliński. They threw their dead bodies into a house and set the building on fire. All the Jews in hiding managed to escape.
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