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15.11.2018

Kind-heartedness in the evil time

On November 15, 2018, a meeting devoted to the memory of Saturnina Malm took place at the State Museum at Majdanek. She was an initiator of the aid action for the camp prisoners. The event was organised over the cycle ‘All Souls’ Day at Majdanek’.

During the meeting, numerous relics were presented, such as messages sent to ‘Mother’ from her charges at the camp, photos and objects that she received as an expression of gratitude for her help. The commemoration of our heroine was held by her closest family members who told us about that ordinary but simultaneously extraordinary human being. Our special guests were: prof. dr hab. n. farm. Anna Malm – the wife of Saturnina Malm’s grandson, Jolanta Malm – daughter-in-law, Grzegorz Malm – grandson and Jakub Budziszewski – cousin. The event will be conducted by Anna Wójcik, the head of the Archives at the State Museum at Majdanek.

Saturnina Malm (1907-1982) was the initiator of the aid action for Poles imprisoned in the Majdanek concentration camp (KL Lublin). In January 1942, Saturnina succeeded in getting in touch with prisoners of KL Lublin and in doing research on the possible exchange of information and material aid for prisoners as well. At a later stage, her activity gained new impetus, as she started to cooperate with Antonina Grygowa, Elżbieta Krzyżewska, dr Tadeusz Lipecki and, since 1943, with the Polish Red Cross. She took care of a significant number of prisoners at KL Lublin. That good care that Saturnina Malm took of imprisoned women and men helped them to survive with dignity the most difficult time of their lives. It also helped to save more than one human life.

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