Hedviga Maria Miriam GRAJOWER / Poland/ Lubela, Slovakia

maria maria2Surname: GRAJOWER (During the war GAJEWSKA)
Name: Hedviga-Maria Miriam
Birth Date: November 1944
Birth Place: Lubela (next to Mikulash), Slovakia
Father’s Name: Moshe-Israel Moniek Grajower
Mother’s Name: Lonka Grajower nee Haber

HEDVIGA-MARIA’S STORY
I was born in November 1944 in Lubela (next to Mikulash), Slovakia under the false identity of Maria Gajewska.
Good people in Lubela , including the local priest and a Slovak family helped my mother and me during the very beginning of my life. Later we had to run away, after the local priest had been arrested by the Germans. He was subsequently murdered by the Germans.

My mother and I then lived in Mikulash till the war was over and then some more. There were good people helping us in Mikulash too.
After the war my mother and I immigrated to Israel. Even though I grew up with a wonderful father through my mother’s second marriage, I was always curious who was my biological father.

In 2001 I started my research and now, in 2005, I am active in many functions that aim to commemorate my family.
My story of survival will soon be published in a book I am working on.
A bit of Grajower family history can be found on http://www.grajower.com

RESEARCH JOURNAL JULY 2005
MOSHE-ISRAEL MONIEK GRAJOWER
Moniek Grajower was born in 1920 in Krakow. His family originally had a feather business in Krakow (possibly the business listed as owned by Dawid Grajower, ul. Dietla 40, Krakow).
When the war broke out in 1939, Moniek Grajower may have registered as a law student at the University of Krakow.
In 1940 his family had moved the feather business to Bochnia, 45 km ESE of Krakow.
In 1941 Moniek was forced to work for the Germans in and around Bochnia.
From March 1942 Moniek was interned in the newly established ghetto in Bochnia and became an OD in the Jewish Police.
In 1943 a group of young persons fled the ghetto, trying to reach Hungary through Slovakia. Moniek seems to have been part of this group.

In November 1943 Moniek Grajower married Lonka Haber whom he had met during his escape. The wedding, sponsored by the generous Amster family , took place in the synagogue in Prsesov, Slovakia – 38 km N of Kosice.
While on the run Moniek used a false identity, pretending he was a Polish Christian named Marian Gajewski.

In the summer of 1944 Moniek was caught by the Germans and deported by train towards Poland. According to surviving witnesses he jumped from the train. What happened to him?
One possibility is that he was sent to Zakopane, Poland, where in one of the Gestapo cells photographed after the war, one can see “Marian Gajewski September 29th 1944” inscribed on the wall.

The fate of Hedvig-Maria’s father Moshe-Israel Moniek Grajower remains an enigma, perhaps forever.
Hedvig-Maria has through her research found much information about her grandparents Ryvka and Dawid Grajower, her unmarried aunt and her married aunt, the aunt’s husband and their daughter ( Hedvig Maria’s first cousin); and about the Grajower clan.

Perhaps you can add any new details about her Grajower family?

RESEARCH JOURNAL JUNE 2007
PUBLISHING A BOOK ABOUT THE GRAJOWER FAMILY
It is always exciting when one of those profiled on our website, publish their story in a book.
This time, in June 2007, Maria will tell her story, in Hebrew, about the Grajower family from Krakow.
Here you can read the following explanation about the book In Hebrew, English or Polish
http://grajower.com/ostrich-feathers/

Hedviga Maria Miriam GRAJOWER / ( Poland) / Lubela, Slovakia
Surname: GRAJOWER (During the war GAJEWSKA)
Name: Hedviga-Maria Miriam
Birth Date: November 1944
Birth Place: Lubela (next to Mikulash), Slovakia
Father’s Name: Moshe-Israel Moniek Grajower
Mother’s Name: Lonka Grajower nee Haber
HEDVIGA-MARIA’S STORY
I was born in November 1944 in Lubela (next to Mikulash), Slovakia under the false identity of Maria Gajewska.
Good people in Lubela , including the local priest and a Slovak family helped my mother and me during the very beginning of my life. Later we had to run away, after the local priest had been arrested by the Germans. He was subsequently murdered by the Germans.

My mother and I then lived in Mikulash till the war was over and then some more. There were good people helping us in Mikulash too.
After the war my mother and I immigrated to Israel. Even though I grew up with a wonderful father through my mother’s second marriage, I was always curious who was my biological father.

In 2001 I started my research and now, in 2005, I am active in many functions that aim to commemorate my family.
My story of survival will soon be published in a book I am working on.
A bit of Grajower family history can be found on http://www.grajower.com

RESEARCH JOURNAL JULY 2005

MOSHE-ISRAEL MONIEK GRAJOWER
Moniek Grajower was born in 1920 in Krakow. His family originally had a feather business in Krakow (possibly the business listed as owned by Dawid Grajower, ul. Dietla 40, Krakow).

When the war broke out in 1939, Moniek Grajower may have registered as a law student at the University of Krakow.

In 1940 his family had moved the feather business to Bochnia, 45 km ESE of Krakow.
In 1941 Moniek was forced to work for the Germans in and around Bochnia.
From March 1942 Moniek was interned in the newly established ghetto in Bochnia and became an OD in the Jewish Police.
In 1943 a group of young persons fled the ghetto, trying to reach Hungary through Slovakia. Moniek seems to have been part of this group.

In November 1943 Moniek Grajower married Lonka Haber whom he had met during his escape. The wedding, sponsored by the generous Amster family , took place in the synagogue in Prsesov, Slovakia – 38 km N of Kosice.

While on the run Moniek used a false identity, pretending he was a Polish Christian named Marian Gajewski.

In the summer of 1944 Moniek was caught by the Germans and deported by train towards Poland. According to surviving witnesses he jumped from the train. What happened to him?
One possibility is that he was sent to Zakopane, Poland, where in one of the Gestapo cells photographed after the war, one can see “Marian Gajewski September 29th 1944” inscribed on the wall.

The fate of Hedvig-Maria’s father Moshe-Israel Moniek Grajower remains an enigma, perhaps forever.

Hedvig-Maria has through her research found much information about her grandparents Ryvka and Dawid Grajower , her unmarried aunt and her married aunt, the aunt’s husband and their daughter ( Hedvig Maria’s first cousin); and about the Grajower clan.

Perhaps you can add any new details about her Grajower family?

RESEARCH JOURNAL JUNE 2007
PUBLISHING A BOOK ABOUT THE GRAJOWER FAMILY
It is always exciting when one of those profiled on our website, publish their story in a book.
This time, in June 2007, Maria will tell her story, in Hebrew, about the Grajower family from Krakow.
Here you can read the following explanation about the book by clicking on the book cover.

RESEARCH JOURNAL JANUARY 2009
WEBSITE http://grajower.com/ostrich/eng/
Check out the website Miriam has made, and read the fascinating first chapter of her book in English.
http://grajower.com/ostrich-feathers/

RESEARCH JOURNAL DECEMBER 2009
You can now buy Maria’s book both in Hebrew, in English and in Polish.
Check out http://grajower.com/ostrich-feathers/

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