Photograph of Sabina Heller with one of her rescuers
The photograph depicts Sabina Heller holding up a stethoscope to Stanislava Roztropowicz in 1948 in Łódź, Poland.
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- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Sabina Heller
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Also in Sabina Heller collection
The collection consists of a dress and photograph relating to the experience of Sabina Heller as a hidden child in Poland during the Holocaust.
Blue and white dress worn by Sabina Kagan as a child after she was saved from starvation by a Catholic family in Radziwillow, Poland (Radyvyliv, Ukraine). The dress was made for her by Natalia Roztropowicz from 2 doll's dresses. When Sabina was an infant, her parents, who were Jewish, paid to have her hidden by a Polish family. When her parents were murdered, the family abandoned her because they were no longer being paid. Sabina was discovered by a teenage girl who told the Roztropowicz family about her. Jozef and Natalia, and their three children, Janina, 18, Stanislawa (Stanka), 16, and Andrzej, 13, decided to take in Sabina and raise her as if she were their own. They named her Irena and she was baptized as a Catholic in 1945. In October 1948, the family was experiencing hardship and thought it would be best to turn her over to the Coordinating Committee for Jewish Children in Łódź. She was adopted from their orphanage in 1949 by a Jewish couple, Zigmund and Sonia Goszczewski. They immigrated to Israel and never spoke to Sabina about her past. It was not until 1999 that Sabina discovered that she was adopted, that her biological parents had been killed, and that for six years she had been rescued and cared for by the Roztropowicz family. She met the family in 2000 when she attended the ceremony in Warsaw where Jozef and Natalia were posthumously honored by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations.