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  • Hi, My name is Stefania (Fusia) Podogorska
  • I was born in 1925 in Lipa, Poland. I have one sister and was born to a Catholic family in a village near Przemysl.
  • My father died in 1938 after an illness. With my mother's approval, I joined my sister in Przemysl in 1939.
  • While my father worked with the farmhands in the fields, my mother would manage the house and cared for her eight children Including me.
  • We lived on a large farm and cultivated several different crops.
  • The germans occupied the city again in 6/1942. the Diamants and all jews were forced into a ghetto. Mom was sent to germany for forced labor when I was 16. I was left to care for my 6 year old sister. I found us an apartment outside the ghetto and traded clothes for food.
  • I worked in a grocery store owned by the Diamants when I was 14. They treated me like a family and I moved in with them when the germans invaded Poland on 9/14/1939.
  • In 1942 news spread that the ghetto was being liquidated. I decided to help some Jews escape the final escape the final roundups by hiding them.
  • After hiding the Jews I moved into a small cottage for more space. Soon, 13 Jews were living in a secret space in my attic.
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