Friday, April 20, 2018

Maria Kwasniewska, Olympic Medalist and Underground Fighter, Refuses to make Nazi Salute in 1936 Berlin

Maria Kwasniewska was a Polish Olympian who refused to give the Nazi Salute during the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Hitler called her a "little Pole." She said "I am not less than you." She later used the photo to aid her underground work. 


  1. Cool.

    Yet all Americans hear about is Jesse Owens.

  2. "Yet all Americans hear about is Jesse Owens."

    As I've said many times, Polonia has not done the work of getting our story out there.

    Support your writers and scholars. There's a donation link to the right of this page. Check it out.

    Organize. Unite with other Polonians.

    Demand that our content appear in schools and colleges.


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