Stefania Staszewska-Balbin papers
Contains a photograph; rectangular form with scalloped edges; black and white image of group of women posing outdoors, with trees in background.
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Contains materials donated by Stefania Staszewska-Balbin documenting her family's experiences during the Holocaust. Some of these materials may be combined into a single collection in the future.
The collection documents the Holocaust-era experiences of Stefania Staszewska, originally of Warsaw, Poland, including wartime photographs of Stefania living in Warsaw under the false-identity of Zofia Bartoszewska. Pre-war family photographs include depictions of Stefania with her father, Samuel Szochur, 1930; Stefania with her aunt and two cousins, circa 1934; and group portrait of students and teachers from the Jewish Middle school “Szkola Powszechna nr. 69” located on Plac Parysowski in Warsaw, during their field trip to Plock in 1934. The dedication on the back of the photograph reads: “ Dear Stefa, how awful is this photograph for me. I cannot imagine that all these dear faces, children, are gone. From all these children only you Stefa and me exist. For them we must continue living and build a new generation. We have to give the world new and healthy children. We have to show them that we Jews will always exist and there is no such force to annihilate us. Take care of yourself, Stefa, study if you want to, but the most important is to keep your head up. Believe in your star – it is still shining.” Wartime photographs include two photobooth portraits of Stefania needed for her false identification card, 1943; Stefania under her false-identity posing with Ewa Parnowska, 1944; and three photographs of Stefania under her false-identity working in a Polish orphanage in Poronin, Poland, 1945. Also included is a document affirming Stefania’s real identity after the war, 1946.