Wiesław Glejzer
Class 6a
School no. 1

The most memorable moment from the occupation

During the Nazi occupation, the task of every Polish patriot was to work in the underground and bolster the spirits of others. Therefore, in our family, my dad and grandpa were part of a secret organization. We often had meetings in the evenings; we would read and distribute secret newspapers, transfer reports and orders. Often, liaison officers from other cities came to give some directions and hold discussions. This went on for more than two years. Grandpa’s dream was to remain free and to take revenge on the German occupiers. However, grandpa was not destined to see this moment, because there were spies among the Poles who sold out the ideologists to the Germans for money. One of them sold out my grandpa on 4 December 1943, on the name day of my sister Basia. In the evening, when grandpa was with us, and one of the conspirators was reporting news from the country from grandpa’s apartment, a traitor to the Polish nation sent the Gestapo to our house. Grandpa, not expecting anything, left us and went to his home. There was a search already underway in grandpa’s home and he was arrested on the spot. Somehow, grandma managed to make her way out and inform us that grandpa had been arrested, that the house [was] full of Gestapo officers, that whole street and house [were] surrounded. When my dad found out that it was impossible to escape, he told us to go to bed and took my books and notebooks under the guise of checking my lessons. It was a terrible and long time, because [a lot of] cars were pulling up and you could hear the door slamming. The whole house was searched. [The Nazis] did not come to our home. The Germans took my grandpa away and robbed the house. They transported him to the prison in Radom, then to the concentration camp in Gross-Rosen, where he was murdered by German thugs. I will not forget his arrest for the rest of my life.