Jerzy Noszkowski Poland
Blizyce, Poland… April 1942 – In April 1942 when Jerzy Noszkowski was fourteen years old, he was walking in the fields outside of Blizyce when he came across a ten-year-old Jewish boy, sick and starving. The boy begged Jerzy to hide him. Jerzy took the boy back to his family’s farm and asked his parents if the boy could stay. His parents agreed to let the child stay and gave him a Christian name, Heniek. People in the town thought he was a Polish child from Warsaw.
In 1944 some children learned that Heniek was actually a Jew, and it became too dangerous for Heniek to stay in Blizyce, so Jerzy took him to Grodnek. After Jerzy and Heniek arrived in Grodnek, they were caught in a round-up and taken by the Germans for forced labor. They lived in barracks with other workers. Jerzy helped conceal Heniek’s true identity. They worked as forced laborers until they were liberated in January 1945.
After liberation, it was decided that Heniek would live with a man named Pytlewski. Jerzy lost touch with his Jewish friend, but he spent his life searching for Heniek’s true identity, hoping that would lead him back to his friend. He learned that Heniek was originally from the town of Dobrogoszczyce. There were thirteen members in Heniek’s family. Heniek was the only one who survived. Jerzy and Heniek were eventually reunited in 2000.
Jerzy Noszkowski passed away in April 2011.