stefania was born to a catholic family in a village near przemysl. they lived on a large farms and cultivated serveral different crops. . her mother was a trained midwife managed the house and cared for her eight children.
At 14 Stefania worked at a grocery store owned by a Jewish family and even moved in with them when the Germans invaded Poland on September 14 1939.
the Germans occupied the city in June 1941. they were forced to like in the ghetto. but Stefanie mom got to Germany for forced labor. Stefanie was 16 and had to take care of her sister so she got an apartment outside the ghetto. she traded clothes for food to feed them.