Polish Unsung Heroes

Becker, Jurek:
- *30 September 1937
- †14 March 1997
- he was a Polish-born German writer, film author and GDR dissident
- his most famous novel is 'Jacob the Liar'
- he was Jewish and survived the Holocaust and World War II


Czyz, Wojtek:
- *30 July 1980 in Wodzislaw Slaski
- he is a German Paralympic Athlete
- he was a sport student in Cologne
- he was an aspiring professional soccer player
- in 2001 the opposing goalkeeper rammed his knee, causing multiple fractures
- due to delays in treatment, his leg had to be amputated
- Czyz rebounded and established himself as one of the most successful German athletes
in the T/F42 class for above-knee amputees
- he won triple gold medals at the 2004 Paralympics
- at the 2006 IPC Athletics World Championships he again won triple gold medals


Klose, Miroslav Josef:
- *9 July 1978 in Opole, Poland
- he came to Germany in 1984
- since the age of 19 he has played football and today he is
one of the most famous football players in the world
- in the World Cup he scored 15 goals
- he plays in the German national team


Korczak, Janusz:
- *22 July 1878 or 1879
- he was murdered in August 1942 at the Treblinka extermination camp
- he was a Polish-Jewish educator, children’s author and pediatrician
- he was known as Pan Doktor or Stary Doctor
- he became a director of an orphanage in Warsaw


Lewandowski, Robert:
- *21 August 1988
- he plays as a striker for Bayern Munich and the Polish national team
- in 2013 he changed over from Borussia Dortmund to Munich


Podolski, Lukas:
- *4 June 1985 in Gliwice, Poland
- he came to Germany in 1987
- he is a German football player and had a contract with Arsenal London
- at the moment he is playing for Inter Milan
- since 2004 he has been a member of the German national team


Reich-Ranicki, Marcel:
- *2 June 1920 in Wloclawek
- he was a Polish-German publicist and famous literary critic on the German TV
- he came to Berlin in 1924
- †18 September 2013