‘The Girl Scouts from Ravensbrück’ by author Anna Kwiatkowska-Bieda describes how, despite so many adversities, the threat of extermination and undergoing appalling experiments, a group of Polish female political prisoners formed the clandestine ‘Mury’ Scout Troop which operated in secret until the camp was liberated.
A testimony to the need for culture, the poems were collected by Bożena Janina Zdunek and inscribed in a notebook that was meant to record the numbers of deceased prisoners.
In the darkest recesses of Hitler’s hellish concentration camp system, four young Polish Girl Guides were desperate for the world to know about the barbaric experiments that were being carried out on them.
The detailed descriptions that the group wrote of German crimes made their way to the Polish underground and eventually to the International Red Cross, the Vatican and the Polish government-in-exile in London. Twenty-seven were later found by one of the writer’s daughters after being hidden for decades in some old furniture.
The find was the result of a hunt by the Institute of National Remembrance for victims of Nazi terror.
Testimonies by former inmates of the Ravensbruck Nazi-German concentration camp for women are a priceless gift for future generations, First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda said on Sunday at the camp's memorial site in Brandenburg, eastern Germany.