Special Friends

The people and organizations below touched and helped Stefi on her journey through the years.  As this website is being created while coordinating Stefi’s funeral, it is a work in progress and some people/organizations may be missing for now, but they will ultimately be included.

Helena Podgorska

Helena Podgorska

One of the most important people in Fusia’s life was her little sister Helena.  As a child, Helena was thrust into the situation to hide 13 people, and she was fully committed to helping no matter the cost. As a child, Helena was less likely to be noticed by the...

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Krystyna Nawara

Krystyna Nawara

Krystyna Nawara is one of the people Fusia rescued.  A warm and loving person, Krystyna has remained in close contact with Fusia and Joe since the end of the war.  Krystyna says Fusia was like her second mother, having lived together in Przemysl and Wroclaw Poland...

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Denise Alexander

Denise Alexander

Denise Alexander played the character Dr. Leslie Weber on “General Hospital”, a popular daytime television drama during the 1970s and 1980s.  Denise was the driving force to produce a movie about Fusia’s, Helena’s and Max’s experience....

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Beata Pozniak-Daniels

Beata Pozniak-Daniels

Beata Pozniak Daniels is a Polish-born television and film actress who founded and operated  Women’s Day USA for many years.  Beata and  Women’s Day USA honored Stefi, among many other amazing women over the years. Beata painted a special piece of art that...

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Monika Lach

Monika Lach

Monika Lach teaches history at Skola Podstawowa Nr 1 (Primary School #1) in Przemysl, Poland.  In her class, Monika teaches a section aboutFusia and Helena, their local heroes.  Monika’s daughter, also a student at the school, wrote and essay about Fusia which...

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Richard Colla

Richard Colla

With a long history of directing successful television shows and made for television movies, Richard Colla honored Fusia’s wishes of not making this a love story, but a story of altruism and a love of all people.  Richard brilliantly directed “Hidden in...

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Marble Terrace Board & Care Facility

Marble Terrace Board & Care Facility

  Marble Terrace board and care in Tarzana, CA was where Stefi lived the last three years of her life.  Owned by Elizabeth Godlewska, and staffed by primarily Polish speaking caregivers, Stefi spent her last days in a comfortable, caring home.   Bonnie Kozbial,...

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Sharon Cameron

Sharon Cameron

Sharon Cameron is an accomplished writer of young adult books.  With the backing of Scholastic Press, Sharon is  currently writing a novel for young adults based on Stefi’s experience.  The book is tentatively scheduled to be released in early 2020.

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Krystyna Diamant

Stefi’s daughter, Krystyna Diamant, cared for Stefi at her home for nearly 18 months as Stefi’s dementia began to worsen and she was less able to live in an assisted living facility.  Krystyna doted over Stefi to make sure she was exercising her mind and...

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Jewish Foundation for the Righteous

Jewish Foundation for the Righteous

For many years, the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous would send some money every month for Stefi’s support.   This organization provides financial support for countless people throughout the world considered “Righteous Gentiles”, non-Jews who...

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Sy Rotter

Sy Rotter

Sy Rotter was a president and founder of the Washington Liaison Office LLC.  Mr. Rotter took a special interest in Stefi and Joe producing and directing the documentary titled “The Other Side of...

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Susan Pettit

Susan Pettit

Susan Pettit was formerly and is once again the publisher of Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, part of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.  One of Ed’s clients at in the early 1990s, Ed shared Fusia’s story with Susan who immediately thought this should be...

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Diane Jacobs

Diane Jacobs is a Holocaust survivor and a staunch proponent of Fusia and Joe being recognized for their experience.  Diane was close to both Fusia and Joe until Joe died and then we lost touch her. As a girl, Diane’s parents took her to the 1936 Olympics in...

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