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2011-03-30

‘Szczęściara’ – the history of Magdalena Grodzka-Gużkowska

We would like to recommend to you the autobiographical book of Magdalena Grodzka-Gużkowska entitled ‘Szczęściara’ (Polish: The Lucky Girl). During World War II, at the age of 14, she became an agent of the counterintelligence of the Polish Underground State. Later, she was helping Irena Sendler rescue Jewish children from the ghetto. She has a commemorative tree in Yad Vashem, as a Righteous among the Nations. She took part in the Warsaw Uprising. She was kept captive in several prisoner of war camps. Later, she emigrated, returning in 1974; then, she started to look after autistic children. Throughout her entire life she saved and helped people.

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Her shocking memories, full of human suffering, great respect for human life, sacrifice and courage are a testimony to the cruel days of the Second World War. They also prove that even in times of total moral decline, degradation and dehumanization, there are still people who, in spite of everything, are ready to bring help, rescue people, and fight for justice. And this is what kind of a person Magdalena Grodzka-Gużkowska has remained all her life.

Today, Mrs Grodzka-Gużkowska is seriously ill and needs medical care. By buying the ‘Szczęściara’ book, you can help in her treatment. The total income from the book will be allocated to care and treatment. More info: mboehm@jewishmuseum.org.pl

Translation: Witold Senenko

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