Janina Grundgand-Kulwieć

Janina Grundgand-Kulwieć

The Rescue Story

During the war, Janina (Janka) Grundgand-Kulwieć was living in Warsaw and working for the Town Gas Company when. In September 1942, Edzia Fefer (later known as Drach) from Ostrowiec  who had fled to Warsaw contacted her.

…. in a meantime, Janina procured an “Arjan” papers for her, on the name of Stefania (Stefcia) Janiszewska. At Edzia’s request, Janina looked after a group of friends and relatives who survived from the Ostrowiec-Kielecki ghetto liquidation and had turned up in Warsaw. The group included:

Edzia’s brother Motek,

Renia Niskier-Szewes,

Hinda Malach-Malachi,

Basia Halbersztat-Folkman and her brother- Dawid

Helena and Cesia (Wiesia) Kleiman

Janina and Stefan Oddechowski and their two small children. Janina helped them to find a shelter, work and to obtain an “Aryan” papers (Mrs. Kulwieć was a member of the Polish underground resistance army; AK- Armia Krajowa (Home Army)).

When the war ended, a few years later, Edzia together with Renia Szewes (once Niskier) have renewed their contact with Mrs. Janina Grundgand-Kulwieć. Edzia Fefer-Drach, Renia Niskier-Szewes, Hinda Malach-Malachi, Basia Halbersztat-Folkman and her brother- Dawid; immigrated to Israel.

On the 23rd of April 1975, Yad Vashem recognized Janina Grundgand-Kulwieć, her sister, Mirosława Merson, and her husband, Jerzy Merson, as a Righteous Among the Nations.

 

Mode of Rescue

  • Hiding
  • Providing forged documents
  • Arranging shelter

Rescued

  • Yehudit/Edzia’(Daruch) Fefer
  • Motek Fefer (brother of Yehudit)
  • Renia Niskier-Szewes,
  • Hinda Malachi,
  • Basia Halbersztat-Folkman and her brother- Dawid
  • Helena and Cesia (Wiesia) Kleiman