Eight boards with photographs and biographies have been added to the exhibition at the Remembrance Museum entitled Faces of Aid. Land of Oświęcim Residents in the service of humanity.
The official opening will take place on 10th June and accompanies the commemoration of the 83rd anniversary of the first transport of Poles to KL Auschwitz.
To date, the exhibition dedicated to “Faces of Aid” has featured biographies and photographs of such prominent figures as: Andrzej Harat, Elżbieta Matjas, Franciszek Dusik, Irena Kawala, Gabriela and Jan Nosal, Jan Jakuczek, Janina Kajtoch, Janina Pytlik, Józefa Handzlik, Kazimierz Jędrzejowski, Priest Jan Skarbek, Maria Hajdo, Marian Mydlarz, Stanisława Morończyk, Stanisława Smreczyńska, Wanda Żak, Władysław Dziewoński, Władysława Kożusznik and Helena Płotnicka, Zofia Zużałek.
Starting 10th June, the exhibition will be much more extensive. It will also include biographies and photographs of more prominent figures such as Anna Zabrzeska, Franciszek Wawro, Helena Stupka, Maksymilian Niezgoda, Marian Zieliński, Władysława Harat, Wojciech Jekiełek and Zofia Gabryś.
After the changes, visitors can learn the stories of 29 women and men involved in helping KL Auschwitz prisoners. Admission is free.
Among the new biographies is that of Helena Stupka alias “Jadźka.” 6th June 2023 marks the 48th anniversary of her death. During the German occupation, she was first active in the Union of Armed Struggle, then in the Home Army. After the Germans built Auschwitz Concentration Camp, she became involved in helping prisoners by supplying food and transferring secret messages. She also headed the Committee for Relief of Political Prisoners of the Auschwitz Camp and helped many escapees from KL Auschwitz, including August Kowalczyk. In 2020, the roundabout at the intersection of Legionów and Kolbego streets in Oswiecim was named after Helena Stupka.