Wanda Traczyk-Stawska (born on 7 April 1927 in Warsaw)
Honorary Citizen of Warsaw since 8 June 2017
Wanda Traczyk-Stawska AKA “Pączek” or “Atma”, born on 7 April 1927 in Warsaw, participant in the Warsaw Uprising, member of the Social Committee for Warsaw Insurgents Cemetery.
From 1942, she was actively involved with the resistance movement against German occupation. As a member of the Gray Ranks, from 1943, as part of Operation N, she delivered death penalty letters to people sentenced to death by the Polish Underground State.She participated in the Warsaw Uprising as a markswoman and liaison officer of the Protection Unit of the Secret Military Printing Works (WZW), and the Information and Propaganda Office of the Home Army Headquarters. She served in the operations unit led by Antoni Chruściel, AKA “Monter”, which supported uprising units fighting in northern city centre. On 6 September, she was seriously wounded on Smolna St. After the collapse of the Uprising, she was captured by the Germans and imprisoned in Stalag IV B, Stalag IV E and Stalag VI C. After the War, she returned to Poland, graduated in Psychology and worked with children with special needs. Since 1947, she has also worked on finding the graves of uprising participants. She initiated efforts to look after the Warsaw Insurgents Cemetery.
She was awarded the “Stołek” award by “Gazeta Stołeczna” for drawing attention to the Warsaw Insurgents Cemetery in the Wola District, and featured in “Portrait of a Soldier”, a documentary directed by Marianna Bukowski.
She was awarded the Cross of Valour and the German Cross of the Order of Merit (Verdienstkreuz am Bande).
fot. Zuzanna Sosnowska