From: "Mateusz Szpytma"
Subject: Letter from Markowa-Cracow
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2003 16:10:39 +0000
My namy is Mateusz Szpytma. I dont speak and write English good but I try.
I was born i Markowa and lived there for 19 years. Now I am living for 9 years in Cracow because of my study and now work.
I finished my study I am master of history and im working� in Cracow by Institut of National Memory.
Also I am related to Ulma family - my grandmather was sister of Wiktora Ulma.
Now I m the chief of committi, wchich build monument for Ulmas family near Dom Ludowy.
I have an idea to invite Jews wchich survive (I heared about two families) and theirs family to entry of this monument on 24 march 2004 - 60 years after.
I read about your father on Internet and I know that he was born in Markowa. I can say that even we are neighbours - from his house� to my is about 700 metr.
If You can - show Your father this mail.
Im waiting for reply.
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2003
From: Mateusz Szpytma
Thank You for Your Reply.
The Ulma family were poor peasants who were hiding Jews during the War. Jewish family: Szall from Lancut and Goldman (Goldmans lived before War on the cross road to Przewors and Kanczuga) from Markowa. Together 8 people. In the Ulma family there was 8 people too: Wiktora, Jozef and 6 children from 8 to 1 years old and Wiktria was pregnant in 9 months. They were betreyed by ukrainian� policeman from Lancut Le� and probably his confident from Markowa. All the murderers names are known - 3 German gendarms from Lancut. One of them Kokot Jozef - Tschech, who considered himself German was sentenced for it in 1958 - death sentence changed into 25 years. He died in prison half year before the end of punishment.
I live in the direction to Kanchuga in the half way between Your house and the church.
Your house was sold probably to firemen and is renewed.
The monumet - it will be a big stone withs the names on it. In attachment Iam sending You a text - which is accepted by the authotities.
It will be founded by Markowa citizien, community of Markowa and I hope by Rada Ochrone Pamieci Walk i Meczenstwa - government organization.
If Yoy could only come to the opening (I hope 24 march 2004) You and Your sisters and children are welcomed. Yor familie is one of of these two families and I didnt contact yet with the second one but I know they live in USA because one family in Markowa keeps in touch with them.
Is it possible for me to write in Polish to you and you reply in English?
Do you know any other families who survived in Markowa?
What do you think about idea of monument and is your comin possible?
RATUJAC ZYCIE INNYCH ZLOZYLI W OFIERZE WLASNE.
J�ZEF ULMA, JEGO ZONA WIKTORIA, ORAZ ICH DZIECI:
STASIA, BASIA, WLADZIU, FRANUS, JANTUS, MARYSIA, NIENARODZONE
UKRYWAJAC OSMIU STARSZYCH BRACI W WIERZE,
ZYD�W Z RODZIN SZALL�W I GOLDMAN�W,
ZGINELI WRAZ Z NIMI W MARKOWEJ 24 III 1944 R.
Z RAK NIEMIECKIEJ ZANDARMERII
NIECH ICH OFIARA BEDZIE WEZWANIEM DO SZACUNKU
�I OKAZYWANIA MILOSCI KAZDEMU CZLOWIEKOWI !
BYLI SYNAMI I C�RKAMI TEJ ZIEMII
POZOSTAJA W NASZYM SERCU
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24 III 2004 R.