Teresa Zawadzki-Zabinski – Passed Away 29.01.2021

Teresa Zawadzki-Zabinski
Passed Away / Zmarła 30.01.2021

It is with great sadness we announce the recent passing of Teresa Zawadzki-Zabinski on 30 January 2021, the daughter of Jan and Antonina who was born in the Zookeeper’s Villa in 1944 during WWII and was the last surviving member of the Zabinski family to have lived in the villa where her parents hid at the peril of risking their own and their 2 children’s lives, approximately 300 Jews from the Warsaw ghetto.

Teresa’s only brother Ryszard passed away in 2019.

W głębokim żalu informujemy o śmierci Teresy Zawadzki – Zabiński w dniu 30.01.2021, córki Jana i Antoniny Zabińskich. Teresa urodziła się wWilli Dyrektora Zoo w 1944 r. podczas drugiej wojny światowej i była ostatnim członkiem rodziny Żabińskich która żyła w willi gdzie jej rodzice ukrywali około 300 żydowskiego pochodzenia uciekinierów z warszawskiego getta pod grożbą utraty ich własnego oraz ich dwojga dzieci życia.

Jedyny brat Teresy Ryszard zmarł w roku 2019.

View images from Teresa’s funeral.

Images above from Teresa's Facebook account with permission from her family.

In memoriam

Tribute from Jessica Chastain:

I had the immense pleasure of getting to know Teresa Zabinska-Zawadzki when I worked on the film @thezookeeperswife
She was instrumental and incredibly generous in my preparation to play her mother.
Israel's Yad Vashem Institute has recognized the Zabinskis as Righteous Among the Nations for having risked the family’s lives in order to save Jewish lives.

Teresa was a shining light. Rest In Peace dear one ❤️

Images & text from Jessica Chastain's Instagram account.

Other press articles:

Teresa Zabinska-Zawadzki, daughter of Warsaw Zoo directors who saved Jews, dies at 77

Żegnamy Teresę Żabińską-Zawadzki (1944–2021) | Polscy Sprawiedliwi

Teresa Żabińska-Zawadzka – Instytut Pileckiego

Daughter of Warsaw Zoo directors who saved Jews, dies

Jessica Chastain zamieściła na Instagramie wzruszający wpis. Żegna w nim Teresę Żabińską-Zawadzką

Debate about “The Zookeeper’s Wife” with Teresa, Shevah Weiss & Wojciech Kozlowski.

Jews saved by Poles in the Warsaw Zoo – Teresa speaking from the villa.

The Zookeeper’s Wife: An Interview with Teresa Zawadzki-Zabinski.

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