Henri Wronski

Henri (Henryk-Michał ) Wroński

Righteous Among Nations


His Rescue Story

21-year-old Henryk-Michał Wroński helped Shmul Goldman, his sister, Maria Spellman, and Maria’s husband, Leon, escape from the Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski ghetto, in the Kielce district. Wroński, a son of former acquaintances, considered his rescue operations as both a humane and patriotic duty.

After their escape, Wroński hid all three refugees in an empty shop in the outskirts of the town, and afterwards, in his bachelor’s apartment.

Wroński risked his life to supply his charges with food and, even though his apartment was situated near the local police station, saw to all their needs, without expecting anything in return.

The three refugees stayed with Wroński until January 1945, when the area was liberated by the Red Army, and after the war, immigrated to Canada.

In 1994, the survivors met with Wronski...On March 6, 1996, Yad Vashem recognized Henri-Michael Wronski as Righteous Among the Nations.

---excerpted from Yad Vashem

Mode of Rescue

  • Hiding


  • Shmul/Sam Goldman
  • Mania/Maria Goldman- Spellman
  • Leo Spellman

Links to the Rescue Story

Yad Vashem Recognition

Summary of Rescue on the Righteous Among the Nations Yad Vashem website

Rescue story in Polish

Wojtek Mazan's blog in Polish