Pre-war Warsaw was multicultural and multi-religious, which was often a source of conflicts in the adult world. But how did the children look at it? “A schoolmate is a schoolmate – and whether it is a Jew, a Catholic or a Protestant, it did not matter at all,” says Stefan Laube (born 1930) – a member of the Grey Ranks and a participant of the Warsaw Uprising. In the ninth episode of ‘The Message’ series, entitled I remember from school, the story of the relationship between Polish and Jewish children, backyard games and the diverse educational offer of Warsaw gymnasiums, is told by:
- Isaac Wacław Kornblum (born 1926) – a Survivor, author of the book ‘Memories. My version’;
- Zbigniew Daab aka Kapiszon (born 1929) – a participant of the Warsaw Uprising;
- Marian Kalwary (born 1930) – a Survivor;
- Sławomir Pocztarski (born 1930) – a member of the Grey Ranks, participant of the Warsaw Uprising;
- Daniela Ogińska (born 1928) – a participant of the Warsaw Uprising, nurse;
- Janina Garbień née Jasik (born 1925) – a participant of the Warsaw Uprising, living during the occupation in Warsaw on Krochmalna Street, which was the border of the ghetto.
Created from material recorded during the implementation of the project of the Education Department of the WGM ‘The Home Army on the tragedy of Polish Jews’, which is part of the program of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage – ‘Independent’.
From the interviews recorded at that time, we chose parts concerning the uprising and functioning of the Warsaw Ghetto – from the moment of its creation to its tragic end, as well as statements about pre-war, Jewish-Polish Warsaw.
The message is the main thought contained in someone’s statement – each of us can find it in a different part of the presented memories.