SPY WEEK Famous Polish Spies - Krystyna Skarbek
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. She was a British agent just months before the SOE was founded in July 1940 and had been the longest serving of all British women agents during World War II. Skarbek was extremely resourceful and quite persuasive. Because of her influence the SOE…
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.
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.
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…
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.