It was a family trade that has gone down as one of the most extraordinary in history. The tale of three spies – two sisters and their brother – who all went undercover behind enemy lines during the Second World War to disrupt Nazis operations has been revealed in a gripping book. It reveals the heroics of Eileen Nearne, her [...]
IRENA SENDLER (1910-2008) - a true hero who saved 2,500 children. Irena was a nurse / social worker who served in the Polish Underground during World War II. She smuggled 2,500 children out of the Warsaw Ghetto and then provided them with false identity documents and with housing outside the Ghetto. She said, “Every child saved with my help is the justification of my existence on this Earth, and not a title to glory.”
E.Zawadzka - Polish scouting instructor, SOE agent and a freedom fighter during World War II. Brigadier General of the Polish Army, Paratrooper - the only woman among the Cichociemni, In 1944 fought in the Warsaw Uprising . In 1945 she joined the anti-Communist organization Freedom and Independence (WiN), but quit soon afterwards and took up a teaching job. In 1951 arrested and tortured by UB (Security Service) and sentenced to 10 years in prison. University professor (history). Died at 100.
Krystyna Skarbek, 1940s. This amazingly brave woman was a WW II agent for the Allies. She was very shabbily treated by them after 1945 - abandoned without resources, in effect. She was subsequently murdered by a former colleague in a Kensington hotel. Her murderer was eventually hanged for this. Countess Skarbek still owned a Kensington apartment in the early 1970s. Krystyna knew Ian Fleming and is supposed to be the original of at least two of his 'Bond Girls' in his novels.