Józef Wojciechowski Death, Obituary – It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you of the passing of Mr. Józef Wojciechowski, who served in the 1st Independent Parachute Brigade and was a veteran of the “Market Garden” operation. During my travels, I heard an incredible story about a man named Józef and the woman he married named Emilia, and it was one of the most memorable and heartwarming experiences of my life. My first journey to the Western Front in 2016 was one of the most memorable trips of my life, and that particular day was one of the strangest. After exploring Normandy and getting around three hours of sleep, I left France at about 4:00 in the morning and traveled about 700 kilometers to get to the Market Garden zone.
On the way, I was stuck in traffic and there were road repairs, but I finally made it to the Airborne Museum Hartenstein in Oosterbeek an hour before it closed. This museum is located in what was once the last stronghold of General Urquhart’s paratroopers. The inscription was visible in one of the rooms that I visited “I’m heading home. Józef&Emilia “and I was completely dumbfounded. The entirety of the rotating display at the international museum was devoted to two Poles and the remarkable history of their country. It included as one of its components a gigantic map that took up the entirety of one wall and detailed their eventual demise, providing material suitable for a screenplay.
Both Józef and Emila, who were 17 at the time, were shipped off to a gulag in Siberia in February of 1940. They did meet there, but the conflict swiftly tore them apart after that. Józef embarked on a trip to Scotland via Kazakhstan, Iraq, Palestine, Egypt, South Africa, and Sierra Leone because he was determined to fight for a free Poland. Along the way, he visited Palestine.