There are so many interesting people living on Martha’s Vineyard, I shouldn’t have been surprised to meet Teresa Jaworska, 93, just a stone’s throw from my parent’s house in Vineyard Haven. Teresa survived The Warsaw Uprising, was arrested and spent nine months in Oberlangen Prisoner of War Camp. I visited Teresa at her daughter Basia’s home, where she told me about her arrest and deportation to the camp.
“My code name was Sowa,” Teresa said. “The owl.” “Because of her big, wise eyes,” Baisa added. We snacked on tea and pastries (Teresa is a huge chocolate fan) and Teresa told us how when she was just a teenager, she and her fellow resistance fighters in the Gray Ranks held off the Germans, while the Russians waited for the conflict to be over so they could enter Warsaw.
I also got to hear about Basia and co-writer Linda Black are penning the story of Basia’s parents’ lives (Teresa’s husband Zbyszko also worked in the underground) called Sleeping Knights–all based on amazing true stories.
What a pleasure to stumble upon such a wonderful Polish story so close to home!