Insurgent accounts of the witnesses
War Reminiscences of the nurse of the Scouts' battalion of the Home Army "Wigry" Barbara Gancarczyk-Piotrowska pseud. "Pajak" (=Spider)
We invite you to acquaint yourself with the war memories of Barbara Gancarczyk-Piotrowska pseud. "Pajak" (=spider).
Native-born Varsovian, when the war broke out, she was only 16. Her biography resembles that of her peers: underground education, conspirational activity, participation in the Warsaw Uprising, captivity.
As a nurse of the Scouts battalion of the Home Army "Wigry" she took part in the combat in the Old Town. After the downfall of the Old Town, she decided, of her own free will, to stay with severely injured soldiers who were left behind by the insurgent units retreating through the sewers.
Deported by the Germans to a work camp, she escaped from it and after many tribulations returned to Warsaw in February 1945.
For her exceptional heroism and courage she was decorated with the V class War Order of Virtuti Militari and with the Cross of Valour.
translated by Katarzyna Wiktoria Klag
The outbreak of war
The underground movement
The beginning of the Uprising
13 August - "The Black Sunday"
The struggles in the cathedral
7 Dluga Street
The last days of the Old Town
The attempt at breakdown and escape through the sewers
After the downfall of the Old Town
The camp and the escape
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