Tadeusz 'Tad' Kublicki was two weeks shy of his 20th birthday when the Nazis invaded his native Poland in 1939. The Nazis forced him to work in a cable factory, and his hopes of becoming a mechanical engineer were brought to a standstill.
While working at the factory, he met Maria Dawidowicz, a young woman working in the drafting department. In the fall of 1943, Maria called her mother at home, but a strange man answered the telephone. Maria told her father, who worked in the factory's accounting department, and together they hurried home.
Sensing danger, her father told Maria to wait a short distance away. Her father went to the house alone.
Maria watched in terror as her father and the rest of her entire family were arrested by the Gestapo.
She never saw them again.