Helena Barchanowska (née Balwierczyk) was born in 1896. During World War II she lived in Gołąbki (currently a housing estate in Warsaw, in the Ursus district). Mother of Zofia and Janina. She was involved in helping Jews. She searched for hiding places and handed over false documents. From October 1943 to January 1945 she was sheltering in her house a Jew, Michał Kryński. Helena passed away in 1979.

Helena Barchanowska was awarded the title of Righteous Among the Nations in 1993.