Both Renata and Elzbieta were ‘Hidden Children.’
Renata survived in the streets of Warsaw until rescued and Bieta was taken out of the Warsaw Ghetto in a carpenter’s box at five months of age by Irena and her network. Bieta had a silver spoon put in the carpenter’s box by her parents, with her first name and birthdate. Bieta was active in care for Irena and both have visited Kansas and participated in ‘Life in a Jar’ presentations.
Renata passed away in December of 2013 and Bieta lives in Warsaw. Both women are and were very active in Child Survivor organizations and active in telling about the Holocaust. Elzbieta is the director of the Irena Sendler Award, given each year to a Polish teacher.
Both Renata and Elzbieta are true heroes in history.