5. She Hiked Up Mountains For Information
Krystyna is most well-known for her time in France. After literally parachuting into the country, Krystyna replaced a British spy that had been killed by the Germans. In France, she gathered secret allies to help fight the Germans and made secret agreements in hard-to-reach locations, actually hiking up full mountains to do so.
She also helped others climb more figurative mountains.
4. She Helped Other Women Badasses Gain Credit
Krystyna helped pave the way for women to gain respect and honor in the secret service and military. Skarbek was awarded several medals and titles, including the George Medal. Influenced by Krystyna’s actions, all female members of the Special Operations Executive were given military rank. Not only did Krystyna gather intelligence from enemies, but she also helped the military gain intelligence on gender equality.
Even after her work as a spy was finished, she was constantly in danger, as you’ll discover next.
3. She Was Stabbed By An Obsessed Stalker
After her work as a spy, Krystyna still longed for adventure. Although she hated domestic work, she became a stewardess on a cruise line. There, a deranged man whose wife had divorced him due to his cruel nature became obsessed with Krystyna.
She repeatedly rejected him, which the man did not take kindly to. One night, he cornered her in a stairwell. After arguing, he whipped out a knife and stabbed her. She died moments later.
But she didn’t end up dying alone.
2. She Was Buried With Her Love
Throughout his entire life, Andrzej Kowerski never married, and was always in love with Krystyna Skarbek. After his death, his ashes were buried at the foot of her tomb at St. Mary’s Cemetery. It was his dying wish. There is a small plaque with his name resting under her tombstone. Poland still celebrates her today.
1. There Are More Badass Women Spies From WWII
Other women spies from World War II were lucky enough to get their stories to the public such as Nancy Wake, Violette Szabo and Odette Sansom.
Nancy Wake was the definition of badass and killed an SS officer with her bare hands.
Violette was in Special Ops of Great Britain, but was captured and tortured by the Germans. She was transferred to a concentration camp where she was executed.
Odette Sansom became a legend when she became one of the only people ever to survive and withstand Nazi interrogation and imprisonment.
Needless to say, there needs to be real-life superhero movies based off of the stories of these badass babes.