Helena Wyganowska took in Ewelina and Roman Winter, the siblings she knew, in August 1941. The twenty year olds escaped from the ghetto, where their whole family had perished. They remained in hiding on Filtrowa Street for almost three years. In May 1944, after the neighbours had become suspicious, Helena sent the Winters to Krościenko to stay with a befriended góral (highlander). She provided for them financially. Ewelina and Roman stayed in the mountains until the Red Army arrived in January 1945.
“She provided us with a hiding place with great devotion and generosity, being fully aware of the risk and consequences she was facing in case of being denounced. She did do selflessly, and she repeatedly stressed that she did not expect any gratification from us”, the Winters wrote in 1947.