Jadwiga Wajs

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Jadwiga Wajs-Marcinkiewicz
Jadwiga Wajs in 1937
Personal information
Born January 30, 1912
Pabianice, Russian Empire
Died February 1, 1990

Jadwiga Wajs-Marcinkiewicz (January 30, 1912 in Pabianice, Russian Empire – February 1, 1990) was a Polish athlete who mainly competed in the discus throw.


She competed for Poland at the 1932 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles, United States, in the women's discus throw event, winning the bronze medal.

Four years later she threw the discus again for Poland in the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin, Germany where she split the German pair Gisela Mauermayer and Paula Mollenhauer in winning the silver medal. She was mentioned on the list of a number of Jewish athletes who won medals at the Nazi Olympics in Berlin in 1936.[1] Her father's ancestors came to Livonia and Poland from Westfalen in the 13th century. Their heraldic crest was the white swan.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Nazi Olympics (Berlin 1936)—Jewish Athletes; Olympic Medalists". United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Jadwiga Wajs-Marcinkiewicz" (in Polish). Zjednoczenie Pabianickie. April 19, 2008. Retrieved July 18, 2015. 

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Preceded by
Poland Halina Konopacka
Women's Discus World Record Holder
May 15, 1932 – June 19, 1932
Succeeded by
Germany Grete Heublein
Preceded by
Germany Grete Heublein
Women's Discus World Record Holder
June 19, 1932 – June 2, 1935
Succeeded by
Germany Gisela Mauermayer