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Marysia’s Majątek

(Marysia’s Treasure)

When lockdown began six weeks ago, I decided to bring mum to her little hut in the forest. She calls the hut her ‘majątek’ or ‘treasure.’ 

Mum will be 96 this year. Or maybe 97 according to the Lodz ghetto records. During the war mum suffered greatly and lost her own mother at Auschwitz. At this terrible time she used to dream of escaping to a little hut in the forest. This is why she calls this hut her treasure. 

Mum is very happy here and lacks nothing. She spends her day collecting twigs for the fire and doing her big project - sewing the words to her favourite song, 'Que Sera Sera, What Will Be Will Be' on her blanket. 

A short film by Jane and Gil Korman


Visitor's Book. Volume 2


Mum's inscription


My rough translation of Mum's inscription


Mum and Dad at the hut

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Mum and I May 2020


Marysia's Majantek


Inside the hut


Pointing to Marysia's Majantek


Sewing the words to 'Que Sera Sera' on her blanket


Nearly finished


‘Now I am old, so very old, I ask my daughter to take care of me. Stay a little longer, Sit a little nearer, These last moments are precious to me.’ And the well- known and relevant chorus: ‘Que sera sera, Whatever will be, will be. The future’s not ours to see, Que sera sera, What will be will be’.


The land outside the hut was used as the prop for the project 'Whistle While you Work'

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Mum in Warby

The trees, the blue sky...they all have been for us.

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