Research assistance

When I started work on this project not long after my mother’s death, I was used to reading up on information about the holocaust on my own.
The family habit was to keep silent about it – in an attempt to shield my father from his appalling memories and a sense of loss that most of us – thankfully – can’t begin to imagine.

However, it wasn’t many weeks or months into my work for this website that I began to unravel a thread that led quickly to the most extraordinary outpouring of gracious and generous help from all over the world – but perhaps especially from Silesia – or Śląsk, as it is called today.

It was as unexpected as it has been uplifting. I can’t express the extent to which this warm generosity of spirit – from people who do not know us, and who all have busy lives of their own – has helped me to come to terms with so much that has been so painful for so long.

The most important of these must be my dear Małgosia, without whom this project would have got nowhere near what it is today. But it has also been helped immensely by many others, and I wanted to offer a few pages to acknowledge more fully what they have done for us, as well as acknowledging their areas of research and work for others, where appropriate.

Please follow the links in the menu to read about some of the people who have given so much of their time so generously to this research.