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Majdanek in Family Memory. Tale about Romuald Sztaba, one of the most noble figures at Majdanek

The State Museum at Majdanek and Hieronim Łopaciński Provincial Public Library in Lublin cordially invite to the next meeting of the cycle “Majdanek in family memory.” This time, our guest will be Ewa Sztaba-Chmielarz, daughter of the former Majdanek prisoner Romuald Sztaba. The event will take place on September 12, 2018, at 5 p.m., in the Hieronim Łopaciński Provincial Public Library at Narutowicza 4 Street in Lublin.

During the meeting, which will be held by Marta Grudzińska from the Department of Research of the State Museum at Majdanek, we will present fragments of videos, photographs, secret messages sent from the camp, as well as other documents from the Museum’s archive resources regarding Romuald Sztaba’s stay at the camp and his post-war fortune.

Romuald Sztaba was born on May 26, 1913, in Dąbrowa Górnicza. A graduate of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Warsaw and the Medical Reserve Officer Cadet School. He fought in the defensive war of September 1939 and was actively involved in the resistance movement. The latter lead to his arrest in Dąbrowa Górnicza in January 1941 and internment at the prison in Mysłowice. From there, he was transported to KL Auschwitz where he contracted typhus fever. In February 1942, he was deported to Majdanek. Initially employed as a warehouse keeper, in spring he took up the position of a physician at the surgical block 2 of field I infirmary. He also worked with typhus and scabies patients. He became involved with the camp resistance organization and cooperated with the Polish Red Cross. In April 1944, he was deported to KL Gross-Rosen and later to KL Leitmeritz. In 1955, he settled down in Gdańsk where he headed the Pediatric Surgery Clinic at the Medical Academy. In 1971, he was awarded the title of professor. He was a respected specialist in the fields of pediatric surgery and urology, and a lecturer at the Medical Academy in Gdańsk. He died on July 24, 2002.

The aim of the meeting cycle “Majdanek in family memory” is to present the profiles of former prisoners of the Majdanek concentration camp whose attitudes in KL Lublin are particularly positively reminisced by comates. The narrators of their stories are their closest: children, grandchildren, and friends, who talk much about the post-war fortune and the daily life of the meetings’ figures. Both forming and fostering the relationships with the families of the passing generation of former camp prisoners uphold the memory of the remarkable characters – heroes of the occupation years.