The collection documents the activities of Tadeusz Podgórski in his role as a journalist, political activist, a member of
the PPS (Polska Partia Socjalistyczna) and editor of the laborers department of Radio Free Europe-Munich. The collection is
largely composed of correspondence, photographs, polish émigré affairs documents, PPS administrative documents and publications,
Radio Free Europe documents, and writings by Podgórski and some of his colleagues.
Tadeusz Podgórski, was born November 15, 1919 in Zakroczym, Poland. He spent his youth in the working class Wola district
of Warsaw. In 1939 he graduated from the Warszawskie Liceum Techniczno-Kolejowe and, in 1942, he enlisted with the Armia Krajowa
(Polish Home Army). During the war years he finished Officer Cadet training in the rank of Second Lieutenant. From 1942 until
1944, Podgórski studied economics and sociology in the underground Warsaw University. During the Warsaw Uprising, he fought
in the group “Radoslaw” and was wounded on two occasions. During that time, he was also captured and interned in the Stalag
X-B prisoner-of-war camp in Sandbostel, Germany. Podgórski was active in his journalist career from very early on. During
his military career he wrote for the military weekly “Taran” and underground magazines such as “Zryw” and “Kadra.” He immigrated
to England in 1946 where he became involved in the Polish émigré affairs. Podgórski is perhaps best known for his heavy involvement
with the Polska Partia Socjalistyczna (PPS - Polish Socialist Party) and his close friendship with Adam Ciolkosz (publicist,
politician, and an important leader of the Polish Socialist Party). His involvement with the PPS was present on many levels,
both as a member and a chairman. In 1965 he moved to Munich where he became the Chairman of the main PPS committee in Germany.
While in this role he represented PPS in the Émigré Parliament – National Council of Poland (Rada Narodowa RP) both in England
and Germany. Beginning in 1965, and for 20 consecutive years, he was editor of the laborers department of Radio Free Europe
in Munich. His broadcasts were positively received, gaining him wide popularity. Tadeusz Podgórski was one of the most influential
political activists for Polish émigré affairs of his time. A lifelong advocate of Democratic Socialism, he is credited with
bringing into the ranks of PPS various activists from the Solidarnosc (Solidarity) party. He retired in London in 1985 and
died there on August 5th, 1986. His final resting place is the Putney Vale cemetery next to his mentor and friend Adam Ciolkosz.
12 manuscript boxes
(4.8 linear feet)
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