Written by Jacqui Wasilewsky, Project Manager, Community Stories Sydney Jewish Museum
Cesha Glazer’s story is remarkable even amongst other Holocaust testimonies. Not only was she able to call herself a survivor after liberation, but she had saved the lives of other Jewish People too.
Born near Warsaw, Cesha was a blonde young woman who was easily able to pass as a Christian. She spoke Polish with no trace of an accent. This, combined with her ingenuity and ability to retain her composure, even in the face of extreme danger, enables her to act as a courier from the Warsaw Ghetto and later to live ‘in plain sight’ in Warsaw.
Cesha’s Story is a devastating survey of life in wartime Poland. Surviving on false papers, she exposes the reader to how harrowing it was just for Jewish people to survive in Europe between 1939 and 1945. It also shows how individuals were able to rebuild their lives in Australia and to find meaning in their survival by telling their stories in the hope of ensuring that no such horror occurs again.