Rev. Adam Sztark, S.J. (1907-1942), Righteous Among the
Yad Vashem's Recognition of Adam Sztark as a
Righteous Among the Nations (click for larger version).
A picture of the site associated with the execution of Rev.
Adam Szartk, S. J., and the two Sisters
of the Immaculate Conception in Slonim where they protected Jewish children from the Nazis.
Grave stone memorializing the victims of the Nazis in Slonim.
Symbolic Tomb in Slonim of Father Sztark (and of the two
Sisters of the Immaculate Conception who were executed for helping him
to rescue Jewish children from the Nazis).
A later picture of the Cross at Gorki Pantalowickie (see
1961 picture above), the site where the two Sisters of the Immaculate
Concepiton and Father Sztark were executed.
Picture taken in 1999 of Maria Sztark Zaremba, Father Sztark's sister (third from left and next to a Sister of the Immaculate Conception who appears to be Sister Nina, the Mother Superior in the picture below).
Jerry D. Glickson, of Jewish descent, with his wife Leslie are flanked
by the Mother Superior (Sister Nina) and Sister Janina of the
convent of the nuns (Sisters of the Immaculate Conception) who had helped
to save him after Father Adam Sztark had brought Jerry to the convent
where he was concealed before the Jesuit offered him to a Polish family
(Mikiciuk) for adoption in 1941. The plaque, in apprecaition
for being rescued from the Nazis, was placed next to a huge
crucifix in the entrance hall of the Convent of the Sisters of the Immaculate
Conception on a visit to Slonim in Belarus in late September of 2006
reads as follows:
"This plaque is to commemorate Sisters Marta Wolowska and Ewa Noiszewska and Father Adam Sztark who gave their lives to save Jewish lives in Slonim. It is presented by one of those they saved, Professor Jerry (Jerzy) Glickson of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA. The Hebrew inscription "CHAI" [the two letter that are in the middle of the Star of David] means LIFE, which is what they sacrificed in order to give life to me and people like me. It is gold because Father Sztark and his parishioners donated their golden crosses to help the Jews of Slonim meet the quota of gold that the Germans had demanded of them. The entire community of 35,000 Jews were butchered by the Nazis. In their name we give this gift of life to those who gave their lives to try to save them."
Picture of Jerry D. Glickson in 1945
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