Born In Auschwitz: How Stanislawa Leszczyńska Delivered 3,000 Babies During The Holocaust

Published April 7, 2015
Updated December 19, 2018
Baby During The Holocaust

Source: Auschwitz

Released when the camp was liberated, Stanislawa was reunited with her children, both of whom went on to become doctors. Until her retirement in the 1950s, Stanislawa never really spoke of her time in Auschwitz. What she did share, and what others who had been in the camp with her shared, went on to be documented as justification for her beatification by the Catholic Church as a saint, a process that began in 2010.

Stanislawa Leszczyńska died in 1974, but her story is perhaps the most miraculous account from the Holocaust’s history.

As she spoke about her time at Auschwitz upon her retirement, she concluded her story by saying that even though many of the 3,000 babies born in the camp perished at the hands of the Nazis, either directly through murder or indirectly through malnourishment, she was proud to say that every single one of them had been born alive and into her waiting, loving hands.

If you enjoyed the fascinating story of Stanislawa Leszczyńska, check out our other articles on Gisella Perl, the Angel of Auschwitz and the tragedy of the Holocaust in photos. Then, read the horrifying story of the concentration camp guard referred to as “the bitch of Buchenwald.”

Abby Norman
Abby Norman is a writer based in New England, currently writing a memoir for Nation Books. Her work has been featured on The Rumpus, The Independent, Cosmopolitan, Medium, Seventeen, Romper, Bustle, and Quartz.