Zuzanna Ginczanka (real name: Zuzanna Polina Gincburg) was beautiful, talented and admired. “Tuwim in a petticoat”, “Star of Zion”, “Rachela from Wyspiański’s The Wedding”. A Jewish, Russian, Gypsy or, after all, Polish woman? She wanted to be Polish and was drawn to this ideal, dream Poland all her life – to the language, people, books and places.
She had a hard time being a poetess. Men used to see her as a trophy, a body, a girl, who is worth showing, but not necessarily discussing with. She was a protégée of Julian Tuwim and Witold Gombrowicz. She published in the Wiadomości Literackie and Skamander literary magazines and collaborated with the satirical magazine Szpilki. She met with the poets from the Skamander group in the Ziemiańska restaurant in Warsaw and with Witold Gombrowicz – in the Zodiak café.
Ginczanka spent the last year of her life in Krakow, hiding in a tenement house at 26 Mikołajska Street, among other places. Since her “Armenian papers” seemed too weak, she hardly ever left the house. In spite of this, towards the end of the war she was arrested by the Gestapo. She died at the age of 27.
When she was a young girl, Zuzanna, dressed as an angel, knelt in a shop window in Równe. A living advertisement of the coming Christmas. Maybe her life was the life of an angel, who was sent to earth in the wrong place at the wrong time?