„Dad put the sack on the table, untied the rope around it, and opened it. I held my breath because I thought there were presents in it but it wasn’t presents that emerged from the sack, not even one, but a girl! A strange girl, dark-skinned but with yellow hair and skinny like a twig. She wore odd clothes and brown slippers with a red flower embroidered on top. I noticed the flower because it was the most colorful thing on her. The girl did not wear a coat nor a cap. She was silent and she did not cry. As if she were not tied up in the sack a short while ago. Neither was she laughing, as if it were not funny to put a girl into a sack of potatoes”.

In her book  “Florian’s Secret” Chava Nissimov describes how she was saved when she was a little girl in Warsaw. She tells how, one day, a Polish peasant walked into his house with a sack in his hand. The peasant’s little son, Florian, thought that he was going to get a Christmas present. And then, a 3 year old girl jumped out of the sack. It was Chava. In 1939, her mother escaped from the Warsaw ghetto together with her when she was only three months old and, later on, decided to hide her in the house of her Polish acquaintances in a village. Thus little Chava did not fall into Nazi claws. Under the name Ewa Ulańska Chava lived for three years with the Waleckis, a pair of parents and their little son who became a genuine older brother to little Chava. This is how she survived the Holocaust. When she was 6 years old her relatives picked her up from her hiding place and she left the Waleckis forever.

A year ago, a very touching meeting was held in Israel between Chava and her family and Florian’s grandson who arrived from Poland and a couple of weeks ago, Chava went to Poland to visit the grandchildren of her saviors whom she did not meet anymore and thus closed the circle.


*Chava’s saviors were never awarded the title of Righteous Among the Nations. Chava Nissimov is making every effort possible to have them recognized as her saviors and to get them the title of people who endangered their lives in a time of madness in order to save the life of one individual.


Chava Nissimov writes, lectures and deals with commemoration issues.