Shoshana Raczynski

RACZYNSKI, Shoshana

Stefan Raczynski, who lived with his family in the village of Wegelina in the Vilna district, was superficially acquainted with Jews in the nearby town of Niemczyn. In September 1941, after the massacre perpetrated by the Germans and Lithuanians against the local Jews, Jewish fugitives began turning up at Raczynski’s home asking for help. Stefan and his family helped the Jewish refugees to the best of their ability and provided them with food and a temporary hiding place.

One of the Jews he saved was Shoshana, a young Jewish woman. The two fell in love, married after the war and later moved to Israel. Both were very involved with the plight of the rescuers who chose to live in Israel and Shoshana served as vice president of the Organization of Righteous Among the Nations in Israel.