The Courier from Radom

On October 12, 1918, members of the Polish Military Organization [Polska Organizacja Wojskowa, POW] intercepted 1.8 million Austro-Hungarian crowns being transported by train. They gave most of the money to Lucyna Wojtalska.

The Personal Archive of Independence Activist Lucyna Wojtalska

Partitioned Poland

Lucyna Wojtalska was born in 1897. She was a member of the Radom regional branch of the Polish Military Organization [POW]. On October 12, 1918, after POW members intercepted 1.8 million Austro-Hungarian crowns being transported by train at the Bąkowiec railway station, she hid most of the money in her home. As a courier, she carried the money to Lublin to support the POW group there. She also participated in actions to disarm Austrian soldiers and served as a courier for Capt. Józef Marjański. In 1941 she was arrested by the Gestapo and murdered.

Lucyna Wojtalska’s personal archive was donated to the Institute of National Remembrance in 2021 by Dorota Sobieniecka-Kańska. Lucyna Wojtalska was her grandmother’s sister. These unique, original documents show little-known aspects of events that occurred in Radom in 1918, before Poland regained independence.

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