The first piece of information I ever heard about Jews was connected to my grandfather Michał Dąbek, who was a well-respected local shoemaker that would manufacture so-called officer boots. He was taught to make officer-boots on the order of a German officer by a Jewish man from Ulanów called Altman, who had produced shoe uppers before the war. There were also other stories and pieces of information about the life, customs and relations between neighbors. I heard a lot about Jews from my grandmother Eugenia Dąbek through stories about her Jewish neighbors, especially women, who would often drop by to seek her health advice. As a child I would also head out to the Jewish cemetery and listen to stories my friends would hear from their families. As a young man, I was asked to help mount a TV antenna in one of the houses at Ulanów’s main square. While in the attic, I found a piece of paper with a stamp of a local Zionist organization. Many years later, I returned to that very attic to uncover documents from a thick layer of dust. These documents are currently on display in Heritage Museum of Ulanów that opened in 2009. A few years ago, the museum was visited by a Jewish youth group from Australia. In the course of their visit, I was asked – as I often am – why I talk about Jews. My answer is: because Jews were a part of Ulanów’s history. It is my firm belief that history should be presented in its entirety.
In my daily life I work in public administration – namely, Ulanów’s Municipality Office. I am also the founder and curator of Heritage Museum of Ulanów.