Wacław Postek (?–?) - Instytut Pileckiego

Permanent exhibition "Called by Name" / The commemorated

Wacław Postek (?–?)

Commemorated in 2019.

Wacław Postek was commemorated by the Pilecki Institute on 30 June 2019 in Stoczek.

He lived with his parents and seven siblings in the village of Stoczek, then in the district of Sokołów-Węgrów. His family had a farm. During the German occupation, his parents – Julianna and Stanisław – gave shelter to 17 Jews who had escaped from the ghettos in Warsaw and Stoczek or managed to flee after the uprising in the death camp of Treblinka II. There were 11 people in one of the hideouts in the courtyard and 6 in another. On 5 September 1943, German gendarmes arrived at the Posteks’ farm. Following a search, they found both hideouts and the Jews, whom they led out and shot dead. Julianna was beaten unconscious in a brutal fashion, and she died on the following day as a result. Wacław was arrested together with his father Stanisław and brother Henryk and sent to the Pawiak prison in Warsaw. Shortly thereafter, both brothers were released, so they went back home and told their siblings about the tragic events of 5 September. Unfortunately, a few months later the Germans remembered them and rearrested both brothers. Their fate remains unknown to this day.