Local author shares mother’s story of survival in Nazi camps and beyond

Posted at 11:21 PM, Mar 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-13 00:26:01-04
 GRAND RAPIDS,Mich. — Barbara Rylko-Bauer, author of the book “A Polish Doctor in the Nazi Camps” tells the story of her mother’s 15 months in Nazi concentration camps. She discussed her work at the Grand Rapids Public Library on Thursday.

Jadwiga Lenartowicz Rylko, known as Jadzia, was a young Polish Catholic physician in Lódz at the start of World War II. Suspected of resistance activities, she was arrested in January, 1944.

For the next 15 months, she endured three Nazi concentration camps and a 42-day death march, spending part of this time working as a prisoner-doctor to Jewish slave laborers.

“A Polish Doctor in the Nazi Camps” follows Jadzia from her childhood and medical training, through her wartime experiences, to her struggles to create a new life in the postwar world.

Close to 100 people attended the gathering at the library.