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The promotion of a book on Jewish orphans in Nazi-occupied Kraków

Thanks to the cooperation of Wysoki Zamek publisher and the Kraków branch of the Polish Institute of National Remembrance (IPN), Martyna Grądzka’s recent book entitled "Przerwane dzieciństwo. Losy dzieci Żydowskiego Domu Sierot przy ul. Dietla 64 w Krakowie podczas okupacji niemieckiej" has just been released. This moving book tells a dramatic and long forgotten story from the time of WWII.


The book presents the wartime history of one of the Kraków social institutions which took care of Jewish orphans. The portrayed association was set up as early as in the second half of the 19th century and came to play a key role in the history of the Jewish community in the Kazimierz Kraków district. The outbreak of WWII put an end to its existence. The writers not only present individual stories of its charges and caretakers but she also portrays the wartime reality of that time, in which living was a constant battle.

The book comprises unique accounts, which had not been published before, by children and adults who lived in Nazi-occupied Kraków.

This Tuesday, January 29th, at 5:45 pm, the Cultural Centre in Kraków (Śródmiejski Ośrodek Kultury) will hold a promotional meeting, in which the author Martyna Grądzka, and Prof. Jacek Chrobaczyńskki from the University of Pedagogy in Kraków will participate. The discussion will be moderated by Joanna Lubecka from the Kraków branch of IPN.

The book has been published in the bilingual Polish and English versions. It is already available in Kraków bookstores and on the official website of the Wysoki Zamek publisher. The book is to be sold in bookstores nationwide in mid February.