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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 13Focusing on the Holocaust and its Aftermath$
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Antony Polonsky and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774600

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774600.001.0001

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My Two Mothers

My Two Mothers

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(p.112) My Two Mothers
Source:
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 13
Author(s):

Elżbieta Ficowska

, Gwido Zlatkes
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781874774600.003.0007

This chapter describes the author's two mothers: her Jewish mother, who gave her life, and her Polish mother, who saved that life. Both accomplished something that went beyond ordinary humanity. To save the author in the nightmarish days of July of 1942, her Jewish mother endured the pain of giving up her only child to Żegota, a Polish organization that provided help to dying Jews. Through this organization, she was placed in less-threatening hands: hands that at first had seemed alien but did not turn out so. The author's Polish mother fulfilled the deepest desires of her Jewish mother. She conquered her own fear to save the author, showering great love on her to take the place of the one who brought her into the world and who was soon to leave it. Their presence reminds the author that there is nothing more destructive than hatred and nothing more blessed than human goodness.

Keywords:   Jewish mother, Polish mother, humanity, Żegota, Jews, human goodness, hatred

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