• Wladyslaw Sidorowicz grew up in Kamienna Gora, a small town in south-west Poland. The parents who raised him, Jan and Maria Sidorowicz (nee Drohomirecka) originally came from Dytkowice, near Brody, Ukraine

  • Jan Sidorowicz was a tall and lean Ukrainian who had spent some years in a Siberian gulag. He managed to get out by joining the Polish Army formed by the Russians. During his time in the army had become a raging alcoholic and by the time he rejoined his wife he was a man far different from the one she married

  • Maria Sidorowicz was a simple, uneducated woman. She came from a comfortable peasant family. Before WWII she worked as a cleaning lady in the dental office of Dr. Zygmunt Barak. During the war she survived by selling food at train stations.

  • In 1945 the family (Jan, Maria, their daughter Eugenia (Gienia) and Wladyslaw moved to Kamienna Gora.

  • Wladyslaw always felt that somehow he was different and didn't belong. He had dark ashy blond hair and green eyes, whereas the rest of the family had black hair and brown eyes. His childhood was difficult because his drunken father was physically abusive to him and got particularly angry when he saw him studying. His mother always supported him and even contrived a way to find a safe place for him to study that was inaccessible to his father.

  • In contrast his father's treatment of his sister was very different. He bought her expensive birthday gifts and praised her. This conduct did not affect the brother and sister relationship and Wladislaw often helped his older sister with her math and science homework while she helped him with writing and literature. However, on the occasions when she did get angry she would call Wladislaw names. He particularly remembers "sierota" (orphan ) and "srulek" (derogatory for Jewish).

  • Wladislaw entered the Medical Academy in Wroclaw (Breslau) and finished third in a class of 250. At about this time his father got sick and was treated in the hospital where Wladislaw practiced medicine. Although he did not treat his father the medical chart was easily accessible. He was shocked to find that Jan's blood type made it impossible for him to be his real father. The incident put Wladislaw on a life long quest to try to find out who his father was. His mother refused to even discuss the subject and Wladislaw thought that he must have been conceived while Jan was in Siberia (l941-l944). When his mother passed away, there were no bedside "confessions".

  • Years later, in 2007, Wladyslaw's daughter Izabella suggested that he get a DNA test. The tests provided yet another shock. His genes were definitely Semitic and subsequent tests also uncovered that Maria was not his biological mother. The woman who had sacrificed and endured so much to protect, feed, educate, and raise him was not his mother.

  • Wladislaw wrote a letter to the Hidden Child Foundation/ADL hoping that someone out there will know his story or where he came from.
    He can only provide the following clues:
    • in early summer 1945 he was a baby of 7-16 months of age
    • he recalls his mother always saying "the Sisters saved your life". Perhaps his family was hiding at the monastery or he was placed in the care of the Sisters.
    • he is guessing that his family was educated. His haplogroup is J2a12 (based on DNA testing by FamilyTree)
    • his mother told him that he was so sick "in the lungs" that he was put out alone in the cold air and presumed "done". When morning came they were surprised to find him much improved. Is there any connection with this story and the fact that his mother worked at a train station? Perhaps the family did not originate in the Lvov/Brody region? Was he somehow taken off or handed over during a transport to the camps?
    • Is it possible that his family was hiding and could not keep a noisy child for fear of discovery? Hiding in Brody/Zloczow/Podkamien? (now the Ukraine.

Brody-Jewish community
1. http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/judaica/ejud_0002_0004_0_03587.html

Hidden Children
1. http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/article.php?lang=en&ModuleId=10006125
2. http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/article.php?lang=en&ModuleId=10006123
3. http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/article.php?lang=en&ModuleId=10006124
4. http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/article.php?lang=en&ModuleId=10006126
5. http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/article.php?lang=en&ModuleId=10006128

Quest for Family
1. http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/article.php?lang=en&ModuleId=10006127