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109th anniversary of Henryka Łazowertówna’s birth

By Jewish Historical Institute

Henryka Łazowertówna was born on 18 June 1909 in Warsaw. During World War II she was a member of the Oneg Shabbat group. She was writing mainly about refugees, sourcing from statistical reports stories of particular Jewish families and telling their stories about survival in the ghetto. 

She was a writer, poet and translator, she also studied Polish and Romance Philology in Warsaw and Grenoble. Before World War II, she published two well-received books of poetry, A Closed Room and The Names of the World, and in 1938 – a short story Enemies. Since 1935, she had been a member of the Warsaw department of the Polish Writers’ Union.

Before 1939, she lived with her mother at Sienna street in Warsaw. When the Warsaw Ghetto was established, the street became a part of the „small ghetto”. During World War II, Łazowertówna became involved in social work, cooperating with the CENTOS charity, which cared for homeless and orphaned children.

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