The days of Helena Jabłkowska, a PPS activist, and Janina Kowalik, a teacher from Warsaw’s Żoliborz district, were extremely intense – always in tension, always in a hurry, with eyes around their heads and ears recording every tiny murmur. In the Warsaw circle involved in rescuing Jews, sisters Helena and Janina were well known. Thanks to them, many Jewish children and their families survived. Surely their group would have been even bigger if it hadn’t been for that disastrous winter day… The Germans came across both women and arrested them on January 6, 1944. They shot Helena immediately, while Janina was murdered in the Pawiak prison on the same day.
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