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28.09.2017

Majdanek in family memory - a meeting devoted to Helena Pawluk

A meeting dedicated to the former prisoner of KL Lublin and the Lublin Castle, Helena Pawluk, took place on September 27 in the Reading Room of Hieronim Łopaciński Provincial Public Library at 4 Narutowicza Street in Lublin. The grandson of Helena Pawluk, Wojciech, his wife Danuta and his son Marcin were the guests of the Museum and the Library.

During the conversation held by Anna Wójcik from the Archives of the State Museum at Majdanek, the Pawluk family presented the figure of Helena Pawluk, whose incredible story should be known by every resident of Lublin.

For this woman, who had a lifelong bond with our city, World War II was a hard test of character. She came out victorious thanks to the values she professed: faith in God and devotion to her homeland as well as thanks to her sincere and open heart. With the outset of the war, she engaged in the conspiratorial and charity activities by delivering food to the prisoners of Majdanek and the Castle. In October 1943, she recognized an old friend of hers among the prisoners and attempted to organize his escape from the camp. She was arrested and sentenced to death for helping a Jew. She was imprisoned in KL Lublin from October 1943 to January 1944. Subsequently, she was transferred to the prison at the Lublin Castle where she remained until the city's liberation in July 1944.

The meeting with the Pawluk family constituted another opportunity for the guests to come into contact with families of the departing generation of former prisoners of the camp: their children and grandchildren. The presentation of the original documents and personal souvenirs belonging to Helena Pawluk which were donated last year to the State Museum at Majdanek by her family, aroused a lively interest among the guests. The collection included documents certifying academic and professional qualifications of Helena Pawluk from before and during the war, her bill of indictment as well as letters written to her family from the camp and the prison.

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