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SPY WEEK Famous Polish Spies - Krystyna Skarbek
Krystyna Skarbek (1 May 1915 – 15 June 1952) was a Polish Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent who became a legend in her own time for her daring exploits in intelligence and sabotage missions to Nazi-occupied Poland and France; her noms de guerre Christine Granville and Madame Pauline Armand. She was awarded and Order of the British Empire and the Croix de Guerre. Click through for her full story.
Wanda Rutkiewicz (1943–1992) was a Polish mountain climber. She was the first woman to successfully summit K2. On 16 October 1978, she became the third woman, the first European woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. In 1986 she became the first woman to successfully climb and descend K2, which she did without supplemental oxygen, as part of a small expedition led by Lilliane and Maurice Barrard. The Barrards died on the descent, becoming two of thirteen climbers to die on K2 that summer.
Irena Szewinska - Between 1964 and 1980 she participated in five Olympic Games, winning seven medals, three of them gold. She also broke six world records and is the only athlete (male or female) to have held a world record in the 100 m, 200 m and the 400 m events. She also won 13 medals in European Championships.
Bl. Jerzy Popiełuszko:courageous young priest martyr who became chaplain and spiritual leader of trade union in Poland in t/1980's. At 37, Fr. Popiełuszko was brutally murdered by Communist agents for his outspoken defense of his people, & proclaiming t/teachings of t/Church on human rights & t/dignity of t/human person. Over 700,000 attended his funeral, & a national shrine at his grave in front of his parish church in Warsaw is visited by a million people yearly. He was beatified in 2010.
Emilia Plater (1806 – 1831) was a Polish–Lithuanian noblewoman and revolutionary from the lands of the partitioned Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. She fought in the November 1830 Uprising, during which she raised a small unit, participated in several engagements, and received the rank of captain in the Polish-Lithuanian insurgent forces. Near the end of the Uprising, she fell ill and died.
Jan Karski Jan Karski (24 April 1914 – 13 July 2000) was a Polish World War II resistance movement fighter and later professor at Georgetown University. In 1942 and 1943 Karski reported to the Polish government in exile and the Western Allies on the situation in German-occupied Poland, especially the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto, and the secretive Nazi extermination camps. Receiving Medal of Freedom today from Obama for his amazing bravery and service against the Nazis during WW2.
FUCK YEAH HISTORY CRUSHES
My hero: What he did was incredible. Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar. Born January 8, 1894 as Rajmund Kolbe, he was canonized as a saint by the Catholic Church in 1982 for taking a stranger’s place in the Auschwitz concentration camp. To the Catholic readers, this may not be a surprise, as he is the patron saint of drug addicts, political prisoners, families