Lea Bálint and Adoption



Polish-Israeli survivor of the Shoah

Balint spent part of World War II living under an assumed name in a Polish convent in Brwinow, near Warsaw. Her parents placed her there when she was five and she emerged at the end of the war. Unusually, her father survived the war.

After the war she emigrated to Israel where she is director of The Bureau of Children without Identity which attempts to help other child survivors of the Shoah trace their original identities and families.


Lappin, Elena. "The Man with Two Heads," Granta, 66 (Summer 1999), pp. 7-65 Pyrich, Elzbieta. "Jewish Convent Children Thanking their Christian Saviors," Warsaw Voice, 21 September 1997. Also available at: