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My parents left me most probably on the grounds of the ghetto of Piaseczno, not far from Warsaw. The ghetto was already liquidated by the Germans, and the entire Jewish community was gone. Someone found me, gave me shelter and hid me in all kinds of places until the fall of 1944.

I met Helena Strzalecka by chance and from October, 1944 I lived with her. Later she married and she gave me my new name. Since then I am called Janusz Suralinksi with a date of birth: October 12, 1941.

Of course these are fictitious dates. I have a suspicion that I am older and I could have been born even in 1938 or 39. I attended school in 1946 and I looked taller and more mature than other children. I enclose two photographs one with a woman made in 1945 and the other from 1946. This is the earliest photos in my possession from my youth. The experiences of the ear distorted fully my memory but I do remember the Germans.

I am asking you favor to look up in the archives if there was anyone who was looking for a young child with blonde curly hair blue eyes who was abandoned on the street in Piaseczno. They left me hoping that someone would find me, which is exactly what happened. Of course I realize that for natural reasons my parents are probably dead, because otherwise they would have searched for me. It is very difficult for me to live with the understanding that the war took everything away from me.

Shortly after the war, two men came to where I grew up. They were members of a Jewish agency dealing with searches for Jewish children in Polish territories. The head of this group was a certain Mr. Drucker. They wanted to take me away from my so-called “parents,” by my “mother” did not agree to it.

It is very difficult for me to say how they came to find me in Gurykalwari, because it is a small town near Piasecznie, 30 km from Warsaw. Before the war, a certain Tzaddik lived there and there was a large Jewish community, but I don’t remember this period.

My address is Janusz Suralinksy

Grujecka Str. 47/51 Apt. 21

02-031 Warsaw Poland

Tel +48-22-409-8668

(EDITOR’S NOTE: THE TZADDIK REFERRED TO IS THE AISH KODESH, Harav Kalonymous, Kalman Shapiro ZTL, WHO WAS TAKEN TO WARSAW AND WAS LATER KILLED IN TRWANICKI IN RETALIATION FOR THE REVOLTS AT SOBIBOR AND TREBLINKA. HIS CHASSIDIM LIVE IN WOODMERE, NY AND RAMAT BEIT SHEMESH, ISRAEL, WHERE THERE ARE CONGREGATONS OF HIS FOLLOWERS. THERE IS ALSO A CONGREGATION OF FOLLOWERS IN BOULDER CO AND A WEBSITE FOR HIM.)