Jadwiga Wajs

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Jadwiga Wajs-Marcinkiewicz
Jadwiga Wajs in 1937
Personal information
Born (1912-01-30)30 January 1912
Pabianice, Russian Empire
Died 1 February 1990(1990-02-01) (aged 78)

Jadwiga Wajs-Marcinkiewicz (30 January 1912 in Pabianice, Russian Empire – 1 February 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]

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