Wanda Wolosky

Wanda Wolosky
Born 1934 in Warsaw, Poland Wanda was six when the Germans invaded Warsaw. She and her mother survived the Warsaw Ghetto, escaped, and hid by passing as Gentiles until the end of the war.


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Wanda Wolosky and her mother, Blima Szturman Milstztajn.
Wolosky self-published her memoir about her Holocaust experiences. She has told her story to thousands of people over the years.
Wolosky’s mother, Blima Szturman Milstztajn, worked as a manicurist before the war. She and Wanda escaped the Warsaw ghetto and survived by passing as Gentiles. Blima found work cleaning and cooking.
Wolosky has only three photographs of her father, Abram-Leib Milsztajn. (right). Seated with him are his mother, Rose, and his brother, Henry. The picture was taken before Rose moved to the United States, which was sometime before the war, in the 1930s.
Wanda and her father, Abram, walking in Warsaw before the war.
Passing as Gentiles, Blima and Wanda had no official identification papers. Instead, Blima carried this photograph of herself. On the back it says, “Identity of this person Jadwica Karpinska,”  followed by her street address, with the signature and stamp of someone with the title “Administrator.”  When German or Polish authorities stopped her and demanded to see her papers, she told them they had been destroyed in a fire and then showed them this.
Wanda with her mother after Poland was liberated and the war was over. She is wearing a Girl Scout uniform.
Wanda posed with Polish soldiers. She was able to survive by passing as a Polish Gentile.
After the war ended, Wolosky became ill and was sent to recover in a sanatorium for children.
Wanda and Blima were issued identity papers after the war. Their nationality was not listed as “Polish,” but “Jewish.” After the war, they emigrated to Palestine.
Wolosky served in the Israeli army, in the K-9 unit. This is a photo of her marching in the 1952 Independence Day parade in Tel Aviv with her dog Kohba, which is the Hebrew word for star.
Wolosky as a soldier in the Israeli Army in the late 1940s
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