Jerzy Giedroyc

Wojciech Łaski1980/1989

Polish History Museum

Polish History Museum
Warszawa, Poland

Jerzy Władysław Giedroyc (27 July 1906 – 14 September 2000) was born into a Polish-Lithuanian gentry family; his studies in Moscow were interrupted by the October Revolution, when he returned home, and during the Polish–Soviet War of 1919–1921 his family left Minsk for Warsaw, where he graduated from the Jan Zamoyski gymnasium in 1924 and studied law and Ukrainian history and literature at the University of Warsaw. As a journalist and civil servant in interwar Poland, he maintained contacts with leading Ukrainians and urged the Roman Catholic Church to improve relations with the Greek Catholic Church to which most Ukrainians belonged, insisting that Poland's success as a national state depended on satisfying the aspirations of minorities so that minority nationalists would not have convincing arguments against Polish statehood; he thus took the side of Józef Piłsudski as against the National Democrats.
During World War II he served under General Władysław Anders in the Polish Army and kept up friendly contacts with representatives of other nationalities. After the war he moved to Paris, where he published and edited a leading Polish-émigré literary-political journal, “Kultura” (1947–2000), which promoted a peaceful settlement of Poland's eastern borders, accepting the results of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and the Yalta Conference, even though many Poles regarded these as betrayals of Poland; this helped lay the groundwork for Poland's successful eastern policy after the fall of communism.
source: Wikipedia


  • Title: Jerzy Giedroyc
  • Creator: Wojciech Łaski
  • Date: 1980/1989
  • Location: Maisons-Laffitte, France
  • Original Source: East News/Wojtek Łaski
  • Credit: East News/Wojtek Łaski | EN_00909846_0005
  • Copyright: East News/Wojtek Łaski
  • Collection: Andrzej Bobkowski, Postaci

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