A Hero to remember – Inka – a Polish victim of Communism

August 28, 2019

Danuta Siedzikówna, nom de guerre “Inka”, a member of the Polish underground Home Army is a Polish national heroine. 

She was sentenced to death and the president of People’s Republic of Poland, Boleslaw Bierut refused to grant her clemency. Inka was brutally interrogated before her execution. She was murdered on 28 of September 1946 (six days before her 18th birthday) along with Feliks Selmanowicz “Zagończyk” by the Soviet-backed communist regime that came to power in Poland after World War II. They both refused blindfolds. They took the Sacrament of Penance.

When the prosecutor gave the order for the execution squad to fire, both prisoners simultaneously shouted (in Polish) “Long Live Poland!” (Niech żyje Polska!).

In Danuta’s last secret message she asked fellow prisoners to inform her Grandmother that she “acted as she should have”(zachowałam się jak trzeba).

She was only 17-year-old…

Maria Byczynski

Pictures: British Poles

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