Anna Jakubowska “Paulinka” died. The participant in the Warsaw Uprising was 95 years old. The president of Warsaw, Rafał Trzaskowski, informed about her death on social media.
“She survived the war, the uprising, the Stalinist prison. Honorary Citizen of Warsaw. The heroine. Sad that in the last months of her life she still had to deal with the apparatus of the current government. At the age of 95, Anna Jakubowska ‘Paulinka’ passed away. We will always remember you” – he wrote Rafał Trzaskowski on Twitter.
Fight for compensation
Just after the war, “Paulinka” was sentenced for allegedly acting to change the political system in Poland, even though she was not politically involved at the time. She spent over five years in prison. During this time, she was in abnormal conditions, she was beaten, humiliated and tortured. She also had no contact with her several-year-old son. Her marriage fell apart and her health deteriorated.
On December 13, 2021, the District Court awarded the woman PLN 9 million in compensation. Gazeta Wyborcza reported that two appeals were filed with the court. The judgment was appealed by: the District Prosecutor’s Office in Warsaw and Piotr Schab, president of the District Court in Warsaw and the disciplinary spokesman of judges. According to Schab, the amount of the judgment should have been reduced to three million.
On June 29, 2022, the National Prosecutor’s Office admitted after an analysis that the questioning of the compensation was groundless.
The press spokesman of the National Prosecutor’s Office, Łukasz Łapczyński, emphasized that during the Polish People’s Republic, Jakubowska was repressed because of her husband’s independence activity, and for this reason, in accordance with the applicable law, she is entitled to compensation. By the decision of the National Public Prosecutor’s Office, the appeal in this part was withdrawn.
– The prosecutor’s office will also not challenge the sentence due to deficiencies in the evidence proceedings conducted by the court relating to the criminal case of Ms. Jakubowska’s husband conducted by the communist authorities – added the spokesman.
Łapczyński also pointed out that, in the opinion of the prosecutor’s office, “the amount of PLN 9 million granted to Ms Anna Jakubowska is too high”. – As it results from the final judgments of Warsaw courts analyzed by the prosecutor’s office, the compensation and damages awarded in 2017-2021 for the sentences of long-term imprisonment, or the death sentences issued against soldiers of the independence underground, amounted to from 75,000 PLN up to PLN 1 million – he indicated.
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