Irena Adamowicz (1910-1973) lived in Warsaw. Before the war she was active in the women’s authorities of the Polish Scouting Association (Związek Harcerstwa Polskiego – ZHP), through which she established contact with a Jewish youth organisation of a scouting character – Hashomer Hatzair. After the outbreak of World War II, the members of this organisation became actively involved in the resistance movement. In the Warsaw Ghetto, they became part of the ŻOB (Jewish Combat Organisation), whose commander was Mordechaj Anielewicz. The friendships Irena made with members of Hashomer Hatzair resulted in her involvement in helping Jews. Adamowicz, who at the time worked as an inspector of children’s homes, used her occupation to become a liaison officer between ghettos. In 1942, she undertook her most important mission, going to the Vilnius Ghetto to inform the Zionists of the ongoing extermination of Jews in the General Government. There she was asked to take the news to the ghettos in Kaunas and Šiauliai. Despite the danger, the woman sneaked into these ghettos and carried out her task. In addition, Irena kept her Jewish friends in her flat. After the war, the woman remained in contact with the remnants of the Zionist youth movement in Poland until their emigration to Israel.
On 14 January 1985, the Yad Vashem Institute awarded Irena Adamowicz the honorary title 'Righteous Among the Nations’.
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