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- Author unknown
- Date of production ca. 1942–1943
- Place of creation Kraków, Poland
- Dimensions height: 7.2 cm, width: 10.4 cm
- ID no. MHK-Fs15437/IX
- Branch The Eagle Pharmacy
- Object copyright Historical Museum of the City of Kraków
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation HMCK
Dr Roman Glassner is sitting in a dark leather armchair in the middle; on the left is Helena Krywaniuk sitting back on an armchair, leaning against Aurelia Danek who is standing behind her. Dr Leon Glück is sitting back on the seat on the right. Tadeusz Pankiewicz stands behind the armchair in the background.more
Dr Roman Glassner is sitting in a dark leather armchair in the middle; on the left is Helena Krywaniuk sitting back on an armchair, leaning against Aurelia Danek who is standing behind her. Dr Leon Glück is sitting back on the seat on the right. Tadeusz Pankiewicz stands behind the armchair in the background.
No “Aryan” was allowed to live in the ghetto. Pankiewicz was the only person of non-Jewish origin who was given the right of permanent residence inside. He lived in a duty room at his pharmacy. Together with his assistants — Irena Droździkowska, Aurelia Danek-Czortowa and Helena Krywaniuk, he provided assistance to the people imprisoned in the ghetto. The pharmacy became the everyday gathering spot; people came to read newspapers there, comment on the latest war reports, discuss everyday problems and worries, and make predictions for the future. Located in the very heart of the ghetto, the pharmacy was a witness to the inhuman displacements and unthinkable atrocities. Nonetheless, in the evenings in the duty room, by the drawn curtains, all the gathered guests enjoyed those brief moments when they could forget about the curfew and the war, and listen to the tunes of Viennese waltzes. Pankiewicz recalled this in his book:
“We were often visited by Roman Glassner, a well-known doctor of medicine. Slightly hunched, with hair as grey as a dove but always smiling, he was a man of high culture and intelligence. An enthusiast and expert on classical music. He usually dropped by for a glass of chartreuse and some «gossip« as he used to say”.
The days of 13 and 14 March saw the final liquidation of the ghetto by the Nazis. A part of its residents who were found fit for work, were transported to the camp in Płaszów and to its sub-camps.
Doctor Glassner, head of the Internal Medicine Department in the Hospital at Józefińska Street, was killed in Julag III in Bieżanów. The fate of the second doctor — Dr. Glück — remains unknown.
Elaborated by Ewa Gaczoł (Historical Museum of the City of Kraków), editorial team of Małopolska’s Virtual Museums, © all rights reserved