Helen and Vincent Knapczyk


Helen and Vincent Knapczyk’s lives were shaped by the maelstrom of World War II — the invasion of Poland, exile to Siberia, and escape from Russia with General Anders army. Vincent fought with General Anders Polish 2nd Corps in the Italian Campaign, and was wounded in the Battle of Monte Cassino, while Helen was taken to an orphanage in East Africa. After the war, both Helen and Vincent were transported to England where they married in 1948. They immigrated to the U.S. in 1959, settled in Bridgeport Connecticut, and served the Polish American community in Connecticut as leaders of veterans and civic organizations.