By Ronit Roccas

Yoram Mor was 9 years old (his name was Jerzy Mieczyk then) when the Germans invaded Poland. Four years later, at the end of 1943, his family – his father, his mother, he and his sister – found shelter in the home of a Polish family that lived in a village near Warsaw. Mor already knew then that the shelter was given to them not only in return for money, but also thanks to the affair that the woman had conducted with his father. “I knew when my father got out of bed and went to the Polish woman,” relates Mor in “Quilt of Time” by Hanna Ezer-Ulitzky , which was published by Gvanim with the help of Yad Vashem and the Amos Fund of the President’s House. “This was part of the price we paid for staying there.”

However, some time later, the father was murdered by the Germans and the woman who was hiding them demanded they leave. Mor was already 14, his sister Joanna was only 7 and their mother realized there was no way of keeping them together and alive. She decided to send her son to work for a Polish farmer, but first she asked him to take his sister and leave her in the street; perhaps someone would take pity on the orphan, who had a crucifix placed around her neck, and take her in.