So what do we know about
Edek, the hero of our film?
Quite a lot, actually. For a start, we know that in his daytime job, Edek was employed by nuns to look after the Persankowka estate, along with his brother Kazik — the location where he hid Janine and the others.
From a short autobiography of Janine’s Uncle Selig, we also know that Edek survived World War II and went to Krakow to study Theology. He would have been about 22 years old at the time.
Possibly, he may have then become a Catholic priest.
However, that's where our leads end. And no matter how hard Janine and her family have tried to trace him, Edek has proved elusive.
That's why we will be launching an appeal to the governments of both Poland and Ukraine to assist with our search for Edek. Check back here for updates.
There are 6,863 Polish men and women who have been honoured as a “Righteous Among Nations” for their rescue of Jewish people during the Holocaust. If we can track Edek down and learn his full story, we can increase this number to 6,864. This could also give Janine Webber the opportunity for ‘closure’ for which she has been hoping for decades.