Magdalena Kicińskareporter, journalist by education and profession
(1987) – journalist by education and profession. Reporter, contributor to Duży Format, Wysokie Obcasy, Polityka and Przekrój. Nominated for the Teresa Torańska Award, finalist of the Ryszard Kapuściński stipend, winner of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage scholarship.
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Nominated for The Conrad Award
A biography of the forgotten Stefania Wilczyńska, the co-founder of the Orphans’ Home in Warsaw and close co-worker of Janusz Korczak. The portrait Kicińska draws of the Jewish activist and teacher who died tragically in Treblinka, is a faithful portrait of an exceptional figure, devoid of pathos and moralising. Emmanuel Ringelblum wrote about Wilczyńska: “They worked together all their lives. Even death did not separate them. They went to their deaths together. Everything that is connected with Korczak – the boarding house, promoting love of children – everything is the joint achievement of both”. In Pani Stefa, the author brings the forgotten activist out of the shadow of Korczak and restores the memory of this extraordinary woman, unjustly forgotten by history. For her reportage, Kicińska received the Capital City of Warsaw Award and the Poznań Literary Award – the Stanisław Barańczak Scholarship, as well as being nominated for the Gryfia Literary Prize.