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    ‘Without your life, Poland would have no chance to survive’

    Without your life committed to serving your Homeland, Poland would have no chance to survive the last one hundred years – wrote Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on his Facebook’s profile. He directed these words to Lidia Lwow-Eberle, who has today her 100th birthday. She was a soldier of the Home Army, paramedic and philanthropist.

    ‘One hundred years ago, 20 Lady Lidia Lwow-Eberle was born on 14th November 19 – a soldier of the Home Army, paramedic, philanthropist, Polish patriot and heroine. On the day of that special anniversary, not only for you Lidia but also for the whole of Poland, I want to wish you all the best. I hope I will do it personally next year. Happy birthday!’ wrote Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Facebook. 

     

    ‘I would like you, Mrs Lidia, to know that today it is also a special anniversary for the whole of Poland. I know that those previous one hundred years were not easy, like for millions of Poles. The love for Poland has always been difficult because it obliged to many sacrifices. But this effort allows us to shape such crystal and steadfast personalities. Without your life’s committed to serving your Homeland, Poland would have no chance to survive the last one hundred years’ – added. 

     

    ‘Mrs Lidia, please accept my wishes for your health, friendliness and all good. And, above all, please accept gratitude, gratitude for free and independent Poland. As long as heroic souls are born, like you, Poland cannot die’ – wrote.  

    Lidia Lwow-Eberle was born on 14 November 1920 in Plosa. In the summer of 1943, she joined the partisan unit of the Home Army of the 2nd Lt. Antoni Burzyński ‘Kmicic’. After the Soviet partisan brigade attacked the unit, she joined the 5th Vilnius Brigade of the Home Army which was commanded by Major Zygmunt Szendzielarz ‘Łupaszka’. She became a nurse there. Lidia alias ‘Ewa’ took part in many battles of the Brigade. On 30 June 1948, she and ‘Łupaszka’ were arrested on the grounds of their activity in pro-independence movement. In 1950, she was sentenced to life imprisonment but in 1956 she was released. Lidia Lwow-Eberle received the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta and the Cross of Valor and the Bronze Cross of Merit with Swords. 

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