Lucy Smith

years spent hiding

Lucy was six years old in 1939. She and her mother were in the countryside enjoying the waning days of summer when the Nazis marched into Poland and her world unraveled. Lucy’s two uncles were murdered in the streets of Cracow. Her father, fearing for his family, urged them to flee to Russia. Struck with fear, her mother hesitated and he was forced to leave without them.

With false documents sent by her father identifying them as Catholics, Lucy and her mother began their odyssey of hiding. First they fled to Tarnow, Poland.

When it was no longer safe there, they moved on to Warsaw hiding as Catholics and then fled again back to Tarnow before finally being liberated by the Russians.

“The potential of (evil) is there in all of us if we do not remember the past.”