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Maria Stypułkowska-Chojecka Honorary Citizen of Warsaw

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Maria Stypułkowska-Chojecka, pseudonym “Kama” (born 24.09.1926, died 05.02.2016)
Honorary Citizen of Warsaw since July 2010.

She was born in Warsaw. In 1937 she joined the 58th Warsaw Scout Team. In the September of 1939, together with her scout team, in the Central Station, she took care of women, children and the elderly who ran away to Warsaw from the areas occupied by Germans. She participated in underground education, first as a student, and later as a teacher. During the occupation she was a scout in the Szare Szeregi (Grey Ranks), she underwent a sanitary and communications course, and military training. She also completed the “Agricola” Infantry Officer Cadet School. When she was 17, she was sworn in as a soldier of AK (Home Army), and placed in the division with the following codewords: “Agat”, “Pegaz”, and subsequently “Parasol”. She was a messenger and a secret agent. She conducted reconnoitres and participated in many sabotage and military actions: Fruhwirth, Weffels, Braun, Kutschera, Koppe, Stamm, Hahn. During the Warsaw Uprising she walked through the military route of the “Parasol” division, leading her wounded companions through canals. She also performed the function of a nurse, and opened a sanitary station in the Old Town. She was wounded twice.
     She had already returned with her parents to Warsaw by March 1945. After the war she worked in education, and subsequently as an editor in the Wydawnictwa Szkolne i Pedagogiczne (School and Pedagogical) publishing house. Since 1969 she has been an active member of the Society of Friends in Warsaw, and she has taken part in numerous meetings with participants in the Course of Knowledge on Warsaw and with scouts, sharing with them examples of young people’s attitudes during the Hitler occupation, and recalling the events of the difficult years of military struggle of “Zośka” and “Parasol” scout battalions. Due to the popularisation activities conducted by her, the memory of the war period remains alive.