The article presents the book by Remigiusz Grzela entitled Wybór Ireny in the context of the
contemporary controversies/debates about the biographies and the narrations about the Shoah.
In this case the “biographical loops” result both from the life attitude of the female protagonists
who are described as well as from the strategy that was embraced by the biographer. The messenger
of the Jewish Combat Organisation disassociated herself from her past and created a new
image and biography for herself. The writer is continuously poised between the truth that he
intends to reveal and fiction – a mystification put forward by Irena Gelblum vel Waniewicz vel
Conti Di Mauro. Thus a story emerged whose essence (and significance) consists not so much in
familiarising the reader with the figure and the tragic experiences of one of the “scorched” ones
but in the exhibition of the ethical and literary problems associated with an attempt at presenting
such a story.