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Warsaw. Halina Żelaska pseudonym Halinchen, a nurse from the Warsaw Uprising, has died

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Halina Żelaska pseudonym “Halinchen” was a nurse in the Warsaw Uprising. Her death was announced by the Don’t Forget About Us Foundation. She was 99 years old. On August 4, 1944, poet Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński, a Home Army soldier, died from a sniper’s bullet in her hands.

“Another sad news. Halina Żelaska aka “Zośka”, “Halinchen”, a nurse from the Warsaw Uprising, died at the age of 99. Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński, a wartime poet and Home Army soldier, died in her arms on August 4, hit by a sniper Twitter profile of the Foundation Don’t forget about us.

Halina Żelaska (née Dobska) was born on March 4, 1923. As stated in the insurgent biographies on the website of the Warsaw Uprising Museum, she was introduced to the underground in February 1941 by Sec. Roman Dawidowski ps. Intendant. During the Uprising she was a nurse. After the war, she settled in Ochota.

In 2014, in an interview with Urszula Adamowicz, published on the website of the Spoken History Archive, she admitted that she could not identify the most difficult memory from the Warsaw Uprising, because “each one is so terrible in itself”.

“When I think about this rampart of burnt bodies in Wola, it seems to me that it was my worst experience. When I think about how a woman with two children came out from under those heads that flew, fell, and this tankette jumped out, and the rest is indescribable, it seems to me that it was the worst experience, so when I think about how I see Baczyński with this hole in his head, and only then did I see him, that he was sitting, and this Koperski was screaming and me to [odszedł] from this window, because there is a sniper there, and here he is already falling and immediately lies on this carpet, and this hole, and I look at the brain, ma’am, of a human, I don’t know if that was the most unpleasant thing. Well, yesterday I spoke to a man,” she recalled.

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