Forgotten victims: Polish children abducted during World War II still seeking truth

Zyta Sus (shown above as a child and today) is 83 years old and suffers from back pains, but she is still full of energy and loves joking around. She becomes serious and lowers her voice, however, when she recalls how she was abducted from a Lodz orphanage in 1942 and taken to Germany. She only returned to Poland at the age of 12. Today, she lives in a poor working-class neighborhood of Warsaw. She’s changed her name as she doesn’t want anyone in the neighborhood to know of her tragic past. “I no longer want to be a Polish bastard,” Sus says. This is what others called her when she returned to Poland after the war.

  • Watchman

    Sorry, I don’t get it – she was in an orphanage. He she not been sent to Germany she still would have probably been in an orphanage in Poland due to the war. Now she’s complaining that she didn’t want anyone to know she was an orphan when she returned to Poland after the war, and this is Germany’s fault?

    Germans bear a lot of responsibility for a huge number of things, but I don’t see the issue in this particular case except for discrimination by Poles against people abducted against their will and finally returning.

    • Exile1981

      She’s not blaiming germany, she says the happiest part of her life was when the Germans fostered her to an Austrian family. She wants to find the foster family.