Lifszyc Pola

Pola Lifszyc - Personal data
Date of death: 1942
Occupation: youth activist, one of the symbols of the martyrdom of Jews in the Warsaw ghetto
Related towns: Warsaw

Lifszyc Pola (? - 1942) - a youth activist, one of the symbols of the martyrdom of Jews in the Warsaw ghetto, publicized by Marek Edelman. Her biography is practically unknown, and no photo has been identified so far.

As a teenage girl, she was imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto, where she attended the CISZO school of the Central Jewish School Organization (Polish: Centralna Żydowska Organizacja Szkolna), and she was a member of the Socialist Children's Union, SKIF (Polish: Socjalistyczny Związek Dziecięcy). She ran the SKIF theatre for children at Krochmalna Street, and directed two plays featuring children actors. According to Edelman, the first of these plays was called Puppets (Polish: Lalki), and her sister Zosia danced the main role in it. The theme of the second play was the famine in China.

It is mentioned in Hanna Krall's book Zdążyć przed Panem Bogiem: "Pola burst into the house, she saw her mother wasn't there - they already rushed her mother to the Umschlagplatz in a column, Pola ran behind the column alone, chased the crowd from Leszno to Stawki - her fiancé gave her a ride in his rickshaw so that she could catch them - she did. At the last moment, she mingled with the crowd to be able to enter the wagon with her mother... and Pola Lifszyc - who went with her mother? Who knows about Pola Lifszyc? And it was she, Pola, who could have gone to the Aryan side, because she was young, pretty, unlike a Jew and had a hundred times greater chance."

She also appears in Marek Edelman's text “And There Was Love in the Ghetto” (Polish: I była miłość w getcie).
Pola Lifszyc died under unknown circumstances.

 

Bibliography

• Edelman M., Sawicka P., I była miłość w getcie, Wołowiec 2015.
• Krall H., Zdążyć przed Panem Bogiem, Warsaw 2014.

 

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