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Robin Oh Period 3 Krystyna Skarbek Krystyna Skarbek was a Polish-British secret agent for the Special Operations Executive, and one of the longest serving Britain wartime agents as well. Skarbek was born on May 1, 1908 in Warsaw, Poland to a Polish aristocrat and a Jewish heiress. She was considered a beauty during her teenage years, entering and winning 6th in one of the first Miss Polonia beauty contests. After a quick and unsuccessful marriage, Skarbek met her second husband, Jerzy Giżycki. They married in 1938. A later 1939 mission to Budapest allowed her to meet her longest affair, Andrzej Kowerski. She divorced Gizycki, but never got married to Kowerski. They were partners-in-crime until her death. Skarbek volunteered to the SOE with the code name Christine Granville in 1939 after the Nazis invaded Poland. Her first mission was in Budapest. She skied back and forth from Hungary to Nazi-invaded Poland across the Carpathian Mountains and established a system of couriers supplying propaganda and funds to Polish resistance. One of her more notable missions was when
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