Halina Górska

Петро Панч, "Львів, Коперника, 42", Вітчизна, 1960, № 2, 172
Polish writers who found themselves in Lviv fleeing the German fascists felt confused and depressed. The tragedy of his people, led by Pilsudski supporters to disaster, especially deeply touched the famous poet Władysław Broniewski. No less depressed were the writers Adolf Rudnicki, Leon Kruczkowski, and Jalu Kurek. Their novels "Żołnierze" (Soldiers), "Kordian i cham" (Kordian and Scurvy), "Grypa szaleje w Naprawie" (The Flu is Rampant in Naprawa) had already been widely known to Soviet readers. There were also writers who lived in Lviv, such as Galina Górska, Jan Brzoza, and a Jewish poet Kenigsberg. At the end, the meeting was also joined by Wanda Wasilewska. In her short fur coat, in soldiers boots and an ear-flapped cap, she came from Rivne, where she met the Red Army that were storming their way forward to Western Ukraine.
Aleksander Wat. Mój wiek: Pamiętnik mówiony (Warszawa 1990), s. 280
Halina Górska was a sentimental socialist, a pure soul, terribly elegiac; everything pained her, every act of injustice in the world. Ola and I became friendly with her in Lwów and we were at her house fairly often. A very pure home, pure people. And that was her misfortune because, since she had the reputation of being a pure, highly moral, and decent person, she was, of course, chosen to be a candidate. And I remember perfectly—Ola and I were there at the time—she did not want to accept the candidacy. Her husband, who had no connection to communism, a very decent man—he and everyone else begged her not to refuse. It would have been madness; a great wave of arrests had already begun. So we tried to influence her not to be headstrong, not to make any quixotic gestures. That this was bad advice is another story. Had she refused, they probably wouldn’t have done anything to her, especially since she was in a situation like the ones I was often in: you yield once and then you’re on a slippery path, an inclined plane. And then you make a countermove, a move much more dangerous than the original situation would have been, if you hadn’t taken that first step. Because it was at that meeting of the National Assembly (the sessions were held in the Great Theater’s large hall)—I was in the gallery, I had a ticket—that Górska was the only person who abstained from voting on the incorporation of the Western Ukraine [into the Soviet Union], and that was undoubtedly a much riskier step than accepting the candidacy in the first place.
As secretary of the Communisty party of the Ukraine, Khrushchev was present during the voting.