Long live Ms Tekla: oldest Polish woman turns 113

Tekla Juniewicz, the oldest Polish living citizen, celebrated her 113th birthday on Monday and said that she “feels great.”

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The “birthday girl” was visited by Jarosław Wieczorek, the provincial governor of Silesian province, who handed her a letter from the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

“More than a century of Polish history and a beautiful way of life behind you. Such life is a repository of knowledge for the future generations of Poles. I am glad that you remain in good health and share your experience which is a precious legacy for us,” the PM wrote in his letter.

“I feel great,” she assured Mr Wieczorek. She is being taken care of by her grandchildren, Adam Stachowski, and Anna Stachowska.

“Grandma is amazing and full of life,” Ms Stachowska said. “She pays attention to everything and still has her opinion about things. She doesn't like it when men are wearing red or pink shirts, so she criticises me when I do it,” Mr Stachowski added.

The oldest Polish woman also likes watching TV and can even scold politicians that she sees on the screen.

Ms Juniewicz was born in Krupsko in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, today located in Ukraine, on June 10, 1906. Now she lives in Gliwice, southern Poland.

Not only is she the oldest Polish citizen, but also the 7th oldest European and the 21st oldest person in the world.

The oldest Pole in history was Augusta Holtz, who was born in 1871 and passed away in 1986. Among men, the record holder is Col. Jerzy Pajączkowski-Dydyński, who lived 111 years, between 1894 and 2005.

However, he is being “chased” by Stanisław Kowalski, born in 1910, who is an active veteran-athlete and who set a few world records in sprints and shot put in his age category over recent years.