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The heroes of those years

PCK workers in Brzeszcze
PCK workers in Brzeszcze
PCK workers in Brzeszcze at the entrance to the hospital building (currently used for social housing). In the foreground from the left: Jan Drzewiecki, Wanda Ślusarczyk, Julia Kubica, Dr Józef Sierankiewicz, Marcela Szczotka, Ernest Friebe and Jerzy Iwiński. In the background a patient called Matyszkiewicz. Picture taken in 1945
Maria Bobrzecka
Maria Bobrzecka
Maria Bobrzecka, the owner of a pharmacy in Brzeszcze who during the occupation provided KL Auschwitz inmates with medicines. Pre-war photograph
Jan Nosal
Jan Nosal
Jan Nosal, Polish parliamentarian for the PPS (1928-1930), one of the organisers of the resistance movement in Brzeszcze, arrested for helping prisoners and put in KL Auschwitz, where he died. Pre-war photograph
Jan Wawrzyczek
Jan Wawrzyczek
Jan Wawrzyczek (second from the right). Picture taken in 1939. During the occupation he commanded a partisan detachment which helped prisoners escape from KL Auschwitz
Konstanty „Kostek” Jagiełło
Konstanty „Kostek” Jagiełło
Konstanty ‘Kostek’ Jagiełło, KL Auschwitz prisoner, escapee, member of the resistance movement near the camp. He was killed in October 1944 during a failed attempt to receive escaped prisoners. Photograph taken before his arrest in 1940
Julian Dusik
Julian Dusik
Julian Dusik (first from the left) in front of his restaurant in Zasole. The Dusik family was deeply involved in helping KL Auschwitz prisoners. Julian Dusik died in KL Mauthausen in 1945. Photograph taken during the occupation
Władysława Kożusznik and Helena Płotnicka
Władysława Kożusznik and Helena Płotnicka
Władysława Kożusznik (on the left) and Helena Płotnicka, couriers of a BCh detachment operating near the camp. For helping prisoners, Helena Płotnicka was herself put in KL Auschwitz, where she died. Photograph taken during the occupation
Anna Madej
Anna Madej
Portrait of Anna Madej, an inhabitant of Jawiszowice, offered to her by prisoners as a token of gratitude for her help. Secretly drawn by the prisoner Jacques Markiel
Portret Gezy Scheina ofiarowany przez niego Emilii Klimczyk
Portret Gezy Scheina ofiarowany przez niego Emilii Klimczyk
Portrait of Geza Schein offered by the subject to Emilia Klimczyk as a token of gratitude for her help. The portrait was secretly drawn by prisoner Jacques Markiel