LONG OVERLOOKED DIMENSION OF THE HOLOCAUST:
By Dorit Whiteman
many other Polish Jews who survived life on the run during WW II,
Lonek's suspenseful saga was filled with many twists and turns that
could only be fully understood in hindsight. For example, Lonek's
devastating deportation from Russian-occupied Lvov to Siberia really
turned out to be a "blessing" in disguise. How so? Only
because he was deported to Siberia did Lonek narrowly miss the invasion
of Lvov by the Germans, who massacred all of Lvov's Jews.
enduring several years in a Siberian labor camp, Lonek joined the
"Teheran Children." The Teheran Children were Jewish orphans
who were, through ingenious means, rescued from Russia during the middle
of World War II largely through the determined efforts of a small group
of Hadassah women. Typical of the Teheran Children, Lonek covered tens
of thousands of miles of war-torn terrain during
his flight to freedom by foot, horse driven carts, rickety cattle trains
and leaky ships
that traversed heavily mined seas.
various combinations of luck, will and wile, many of the Polish Jews who
fled to Russia did miraculously survive World War II.