Ina Benita, 1.02.1912-1944(?)
It would be my darling’s 102nd birthday today…
Ina Benita (1912 - 1944) - a very popular Polish actress of the interwar period. Her real name was Janina Ferow-Bułhak.
“During World War II Benita played in German-sponsored theatres, which resulted in allegations of collaboration with the Nazis. At some point, she became a lover of a Wehrmacht officer from Austria, with whom she left for Vienna. The officer, accused of miscegenation, was sent to the Eastern Front, and the pregnant Benita returned to Warsaw, where she was sent to the Pawiak Prison, in which she gave birth to a son on April 8, 1944.
Released on July 31, 1944, with a newborn baby, she was last seen during the Warsaw Uprising, when allegedly, she went down a sewage canal, together with her infant. Her further fate is unknown. Most probably she died there of exhaustion and shock, along with her baby son." - source: Wikipedia
I will never judge her or call her a traitor. She already died and she’s not able to defend herself - that’s why we won’t ever know if the things which were said about this woman’s past are 100% truthful. The fact is, she was a great actress and an utterly beautiful woman.
Okładka tygodnika KINO, 6.12.1936;
Tola Mankiewiczówna i Aleksander Żabczyński w filmie ‘Pani Minister tańczy’
Ina Benita w filmie Jego ekscelencja subiekt (Ina Benita in His Excellency, The Shop Assistant)
Tola Mankiewiczówna, magazyn Ilustracja polska, 1935