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30.10.2020

The 75th anniversary of the death of Wincenty Witos

On 31 October 1945, Wincenty Witos, a long-time leader of the peasant movement, one of the founders of the Second Polish Republic and three times its Prime Minister, died in Cracow.

Wincenty Witos

The Archive of the Institute of National Remembrance include a collection of nearly a thousand photographs from the private archive of Stanisław Mierzwa, depicting the history of the peasant movement in Poland from the 1920s to the 1980s.

 

 

  • Stanisław Mierzwa, Wincenty Witos and Józef Marcinkiewicz, Cracow 1939
    Stanisław Mierzwa, Wincenty Witos and Józef Marcinkiewicz, Cracow 1939
  • Stanisław Mierzwa, Jan Witaszek and Józef Marcinkowski during an interview with Prof. Stanisław Kot, Cracow 1937
    Stanisław Mierzwa, Jan Witaszek and Józef Marcinkowski during an interview with Prof. Stanisław Kot, Cracow 1937
  • Wincenty Witos during the celebrations of the People's Day in Mościska, 1939
    Wincenty Witos during the celebrations of the People's Day in Mościska, 1939
  • Funeral ceremony of the former Speaker of the Seym Maciej Rataj, Palmiry 1946
    Funeral ceremony of the former Speaker of the Seym Maciej Rataj, Palmiry 1946
  • Władysław Reymont (in the middle), 1925
    Władysław Reymont (in the middle), 1925
  • Stanisław Mikołajczyk in Copenhagen, 1956
    Stanisław Mikołajczyk in Copenhagen, 1956
  • Jan Mazurek, Franciszek Kamiński and Stanisław Mierzwa on the bus to Wierzchosławice, 1968
    Jan Mazurek, Franciszek Kamiński and Stanisław Mierzwa on the bus to Wierzchosławice, 1968

 

In 2015-2018, these photos were gradually transferred to the Krakow Branch of the Institute of National Remembrance by Stanisław Mierzwa’s son, Wojciech Mierzwa, Ph.D. The collection of photographs collected at the Institute of National Remembrance as the "Personal Archive: Stanisław Mierzwa" (file reference: IPN Kr 662) will certainly be of interest to every researcher of the history of the Polish peasant movement. In the photos one can find, among others, Wincenty Witos, Stanisław Mierzwa, Stanisław Mikołajczyk, Kazimierz Bagiński, Prof. Stanisław Kot, General Franciszek Kamiński, and writer Władysław Reymont, Nobel Prize laureate.


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