Together Down The Rabbit Hole Of War
In an Austrian labor camp, Rachel Mitzmacher and righteous gentile Wladyslaw Misiuna forged a lifetime friendship.

by Carolyn Slutsky
Staff Writer

It was in a warehouse used for breeding rabbits in Nazi-occupied Poland that the creation story of the Mitzmacher-Misiuna family friendship began.
It was 1943, the middle of World War II, and Rachel Mitzmacher had been sent from her home in Klimontow, Poland, to a labor camp in Radom that manufactured ammunitions. She worked with a group of other young Jewish women in the rabbit warehouse, the rabbits a hobby of the Austrian camp director who used their skins to make warm clothing for German troops on the Russian front.
Wladyslaw Misiuna, then a teenager living in Radom, was a guard at the camp, and he befriended Rachel and the other women. Misiuna had had Jewish friends before the war, and to him there
was no difference between himself and the Jews in the camp: they were just people in need of help.