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    Remembering Jan Bytnar “Rudy” and Maciej Aleksy Dawidowski “Alek”

    Jan Bytnar, known as “Rudy,” passed away 81 years ago today in Warsaw’s Wolski Hospital due to injuries sustained during interrogations by the Gestapo. A pivotal figure in the Polish resistance, Bytnar was captured and brutally interrogated but managed to escape during a daring rescue mission by the Gray Ranks’ Assault Groups during the Arsenal Action.

    The Arrest and Resistance
    Bytnar was arrested on March 23, 1943, enduring severe beatings during Gestapo interrogations. Despite the torture, he remained steadfast, embodying resilience and courage in the face of adversity.

    A Legacy of Valor
    Posthumously awarded the rank of Scoutmaster and Lieutenant, Bytnar received the Cross of Valor for his unwavering bravery. He rests in the Zośka Battalion’s section at Powązki Military Cemetery, immortalized for his selfless sacrifice in the fight against oppression.

    Maciej Aleksy Dawidowski “Alek”
    On the same day, Maciej Aleksy Dawidowski, alias “Alek,” also succumbed to injuries sustained during a mission. His bravery, alongside Bytnar’s, serves as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made in the struggle for freedom.

    Honoring Their Memory
    As we commemorate the lives of Jan Bytnar and Maciej Aleksy Dawidowski, we honor their legacy of bravery and sacrifice, ensuring that their courage remains an inspiration for generations to come.

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