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Stanislawa Leszczyńska, WWII Hero

This post marks the first of my soon to be many weekly blogs. I will be posting a short description of some inspiring or interesting WWII or historical event on this site, and links to it will be available on my social media accounts as well.

Stanislawa Leszczyńska was a Polish woman who was married with a young family, and was a nursing student when the Nazis invaded Poland and turned part of her town into a ghetto. Stanislawa and her family aided Jewish people living in the ghetto by sneaking them food and false documents, becoming part of the Polish Resistance. After interrogation, the Gestapo found out about the Leszczyńska family, and sent the younger children, and Stanislawa herself, to Auschwitz. Stanislawa's husband and oldest child escaped capture, but her husband never saw the family again. When in Auschwitz, Stanislawa was assigned to the maternity ward, on account of her nursing training. Women who were found to be pregnant in Auschwitz would be sent to this ward to suffer and probably die in childbirth. The children born here were declared as stillborn, and killed by the overseeing midwives. Stanislawa refused to let mothers and children die, and even stood up to the doctor in charge over this matter, who did not kill her for unknown reasons. She helped birth 3000 babies, knowing they could be killed, she did everything she could to keep mother and baby healthy while she was present. Stanislawa continued to assist Jewish women, and baptized babies as christian before they were killed, hoping to save their souls. Stanislawa stayed to help these mothers in Auschwitz until its liberation in 1945. She is now a nominee for sainthood on the Catholic church, a title she is quite

worthy of.

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