An Encounter with a friend of Pope Wojtyla

In the book center of the Daughters of St. Paul at Lublin, Dr. Wanda Poltawska, psychiatrist and friend of John Paul II, presnted and autographed her book Beskidzkie rekolekcje (The Diary of a Friendship, Pauline Editions). This book, which contains all the correspondence the author had with Karol Wojtyla, is the diary of her soul.
The letters recall the period of Father Wojtyla?s pastoral work with students at Cracow, among whom was Wanda, and extend to the last years of the Polish Pope’s Pontificate. Dr. Poltawska spoke to the persons gathered in the center about her treasures of a lifetime: love, honor, sacrifice and commitment to others. She also presented her own biography of the time of the World War II, I am Afraid of Dreams in which she recounts her commitment to the Polish Resistance and her later sad experience in the concentration camp of Ravensbruck in Germany .
The Ecounter, which generated much interest and called to the memory of many persons, was carried out in the Pauline book center on the occasion of the bestowing of Honorary Citizenship of Lublin to Dr. Wanda Poltawska. An important moment for thanking this extraordinary woman who counts among her prestigious awards also the “Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice” medal.