In the spring of 1943,
the friend of a Polish-Catholic family discovered a naked, Jewish baby
in a nearby dark, cold cellar. The child, not even two years old, could
neither walk nor talk. Her Jewish parents had been murdered and the
family they paid to protect her had abandoned her.
Taking on considerable peril, Jozef and Natalia Roztropowicz took in
the child, baptized her as Irena and raised her as their own. Five years
later, they made another gut-wrenching choice: Returning their beloved
daughter to an adoptive Jewish family who moved with her to Israel
two years later. The child, now a 71-year-old woman named Sabina Heller, says they are the reason she is alive.