Wow! I never expected this. I had first heard about Stefania about a year and a half ago when I saw the movie "Hidden in Silence." Her courage really struck me and I read (and watched) all that I could about her. I've always been interested in World War II as my father, the son of a German immigrant, served in the US Navy in both the Pacific and European theaters.
As I learned more about Stefania, I figured someone like her definitely deserved a bio as that detailed her life. And to be honest, it served as kind of nerdy "book" report putting together all that I'd learned about her incredible life and sorting out truth (oral histories) from fiction ("Hidden in Silence.". After watching the oral histories given by her and her husband, I discovered that several of Maks's family members hadn't been added to the Shoah Database of those who lost their lives. So I submitted them in March 2018. In early September 2018, her son called to thank me for submitting them. Of course I shared the bio with him and learned that she was still alive (I wasn't sure as I couldn't find any information after 2014). This was all about three weeks before she apparently died.
I want to thank you Gaile for letting me know that she had passed. And of course thank you so much for this honor.