Maria Kaczyńska attended primary and secondary schools in Rabka Zdrój in southern Poland. She studied transport economics and foreign trade in Sopot at what is now the University of Gdańsk.
Born as Maria Helena Mackiewicz in Machowo (near Kobylnik, now Belarus) to Lidia and Czesław Mackiewicz. Władysław Anders at the Battle of Monte Cassino. Another uncle was murdered by the People’s Commissariat of Internal Affairs (Soviet secret police) at Katyń.
After graduating in 1966, she worked at the Maritime Institute in Gdańsk, where she met Lech Kaczyński in 1976.
In addition to her native Polish, Maria Kaczyńska spoke English, French, Japanese and some Spanish and Russian. All 89 passengers on board and the 7 crew members were killed.
The Kaczyńskis were traveling with several senior government figures on a trip to mark the 70th anniversary of the World World War II Katyn Massacre, where thousands of Polish military officers were executed by the People’s Commissariat of Internal Affairs. However, Marta Kaczyńska-Dubieniecka stated the diary was too precious for her to sell and also said that she was not likely to reveal its content.