OnThisDay, on January 17, 1918, a ski sports champion, model, a Tatra courier, a soldier of the Union of Armed Struggle and Home Army, Helena Marusarzówna was born. 🇵🇱
In the years 1936-1939 she was the best Polish ski competitor. A seven-time Polish champion in alpine competitions (downhill, slalom and combination). From September 1939, she participated in the Polish resistance, acting as a secret courier from October, carrying mail and leading people along the mountain trail. She was among the Tatra couriers who carried secret documents and took people to Slovakia and further to Hungary. In March 1940, Helena was captured by the Slovak military police and handed over to the Gestapo. She spent a year on death row. Tortured many times, she did not reveal any secret information or any of her companions, however, the Gestapo found a letter in Hungarian in her luggage and after many months she associated it with the person of Stefania Hanauskówna. On September 12, 1941, Helena Marusarzówna was shot in Pogórska Wola near Tarnów. Her brother was Stanisław Marusarz, ski jumper and second lieutenant of the Home Army. He passed away in 1993. Glory to the Heroes!