Maria Danuta Leszczyłowska (0076)
http://fototeka.1944.pl – submitted by Jan Leszczyłowski
Statement: (in polish – permisson to use the
Fragment from an e-mail from Jan (0078) Leszczyłowski, dated
“(...) Indeed, it did not occur to me, that you really do not
remember (my) Mother. In fact, she has changed very little - Mother
is second from the left. During the Uprisng, she worked in a
pharmacy, to be exact – in a dispensary of medications and surgical
dressings, she did not have any assignment to a particular
detachment or group, but on multiple occasions, she participated in
saving the wounded. She was exiting Warsaw with a “Sanitary” column
and only (finally) in Pruszkow she met with Mother. Just in Pruszkow,
she told Grandmother (0075) that they died.
(...) Unfortunatelly, I am not able to follow closely everything, so
I am asking you that we both share all information regarding the
family. As you know, since Mother’s death, every year on August 1, I
am coming to Pęcice and Powązki and I am meeting those, who were
together until the end, and this is very important to me.
Danuta Wajszczuk (Leszczyłowska), or Maria Krystyna Myszkorowska?
On the website of the Museum of Warsaw Uprising (Facebook):
– a picture (fragment) was placed on October 16, 2016, which
previuosly, a few years ago, has been submitted to us by Jan
Leszczyłowski with an explanation that it represents his mother (second
from left) – Danuta Leszczyłowska, nee Wajszczuk (see above).
In the picture (or rather its
fragment) published now by the Museum, the depicted persons
are decribed: “Exit to captivity after the Warsaw Uprising,
Wolska Street, October 5, 1944.”. Text on the reverse: “Ala
Sawicka and Krystyna Kozicka (at right)”
Insurgents biograms: Powstańcze biogramy: Halina
Tarkowska, married name Sawicka „Ala”
Maria Krystyna Myszkorowska, married name Kozicka
Picture from the private archive of Maria Kozicka’s son,
released by Dział Historyczny MPW (History Department of the
Museum of Warsaw Uprising)"
Also, a small fragment of this photograph showimg face of
the person on the right appears in the biogram of Maria
Identification of these persons requires further checking
and confirmation. (October 21, 2016).
November 5, 2016 – Because
of new doubts regarding the identification of persons in the picture (“Insurgents
exiting Warsaw”), we requested a definite clarification directly from
the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising (MPW). MPW confirmed that the person
of interest in this picture is Maria Krystyna Kozicka, and it could not
be Maria Danuta Leszczyłowska, because of the fact, among others, that
the picture shows a column of marching insurgents (and she is not listed
in any of their files).
November 8, 2016 – We contacted
again the Muzeum asking about the content of file: MPW-IP/1621.
Their answer was:
“MPW-IP/1621 is an internal
inventory number of this picture in the collection at the MPW, it
describes a photograph showing the exit to a POW camp of
women-Innsurgents on Wolska street, after October 5, 1944. As we
have already mentioned previously, this picture was not presented in
the Fototeka collection on the the Museum website and the name
Wajszczuk is not present in the description of this picture in our
collections. Most likely Mr Jan Leszczylowski used this picture to
illutrstrate the topic of “the capitulation of the Uprising”, since
he could not get from us a confirmatiom that it shows Maria Danuta
Wajszczuk (Leszczyłowska), since such person is not known to us as a
participant of the Warsaw Uprising. The permisson from MPW to use
this picture for scientific, private, commercial purposes is not
synonymous with the identification of people in the picture.
Prepared by: Waldemar J Wajszczuk & Paweł Stefaniuk