Krystyna & Tomasz Luzny

Hostels

Finsbury
Gawler
Bonegilla

Krystyna and Tomasz Luzny were both born in Poland. During the Second World War  Krystyna led a double life. She was a nurse with the Polish Red Cross in Warsaw but also worked for the Polish Underground Army. Krystyna collected, hid and delivered ammunition and weapons used for secret operations. During the 1944 Warsaw uprising she was taken prisoner by the German forces and sent to various stalag (prisoner of war) camps. Tomasz was also fighting for the resistence movement, his work included smuggling people across the border to safety. They met in British held Germany and got engaged. 

After the war Krystyna and Tomasz lived in Germany as Displaced Persons. They feared that the Russian occupation forces in Poland would arrest them if they returned home because of their involvement in the Resistance movement working for the Polish Underground Army.

In 1950 Krystyna and Tomasz were finally allowed to migrate to their country of first choice, Australia. They knew nothing about their future homeland and were given little information about their destination. Despite Krystyna and Tomasz’ qualifications, both were required to serve two-year work contracts doing manual labour.

Tomasz was sent to Gawler, and lived at the Willaston hostel, while Krystyna stayed at Bonegilla in Victoria where she had work at the hospital. She was able to join Tomasz at the Finsbury hostel after he was moved there and work found for her in South Australia. During this time Tomasz was working for Simpson and Son Ltd and Krystyna for the Memorial Hospital. Krystyna had obtained her degree in Architecture in 1942, during the Second World War, and as migrants left Finsbury Krystyna would help draw up plans for new houses. They stayed at Finsbury hostel together for a few weeks before moving out into a house of their own.  

Their story is featured in the Pennington Gardens Reserve

Comments

I never fail to be humbled by the extraordinary bravery of otherwise ordinary people, living in extraordinary times. The risks they took on a daily basis are almost unimaginable.
Thanks Margaret, I agree. Krystyna and Tomasz did indeed lead extraordinary lives. It was a great privilege to interview Krystyna.

Can't imagine what these people went through those days. History should not repeat itself for sure.

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Corinne Ball's picture

Yes indeed, this young couple suffered in their separation :-(

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