In 1941, Zofia Banya, a poor Polish farm woman, found that she did not have enough money to purchase the supplies that her family needed at the village store. Shopkeeper, Israel Rubinek, told her to take the goods and repay him when she could. This act of kindness was virtually unheard of in war torn Poland, and Banya never forgot it.
Two years later, the Nazis were rounding up Jewish people in Poland and sending them to concentration camps. Fearing for the life of the kind young man who had helped her, Banya risked her life by hiding Rubinek and his wife in her home for two and a half years.
Decades later, the Rubineks would reunite with the woman who sheltered them from the Nazis. Their granddaughter says, “That one act of impossible kindness in that impossible situation affected everything. The depth of the soul’s capacity is immeasurable and unfathomable. These poor Polish farmers were terrified for their lives, yet they take these two people in they barely knew.”
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