Henryk Piecuch papers, 1920-2012

Finding aid prepared by Justyna K. Szulc
Hoover Institution Archives
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Stanford University
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Title: Henryk Piecuch papers
Date (inclusive): 1920-2012
Date (bulk): 1954-2000
Collection Number: 96009
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of the Materials : In English, Polish, and German
Physical Description: 13 manuscript boxes,1 oversized box (6.6 linear feet)
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Collector: Piecuch, Henryk

Biographical Note

Henryk Piecuch was born December 4th, 1939 in Bielsko-Biała, Poland. After obtaining his military education, for 35 years he served as an officer in the Wojska Ochrony Pogranicza (WOP)(Army Border Guard) in Poland. Towards the end of the 1960s his military career took a different turn and he started writing articles for the WOP weekly, “Granica”. Though he started as a field reporter, shortly after 1978 he was promoted to Assistant Executive Editor and later Executive Editor. Piecuch achieved the rank of a colonel and he continued in his military duties until 1994 when he retired from both his military and journalist careers. He is a prominent author of various books, articles, stories, and poems. Piecuch’s work is primarily focused on Polish Communist intelligence, counterintelligence, and internal security.


Collection is open for research.
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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Henryk Piecuch collection, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1996.


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Scope and Content of Collection

The collection is largely composed of Henryk Piecuch’s research materials for his various books as well as his published and unpublished writings. The research materials in the collection span from 1920 to 2012 and focus on Polish Communist intelligence and counterintelligence efforts. The collection is divided into two series.
The first series is composed of personal files: correspondence, legal materials from cases filed against Piecuch and cases he participated in, memorabilia, as well as his writings and writings of others Piecuch has edited. The second series is composed of various research materials that Piecuch has used in relation to his publications: intelligence and counterintelligence materials, background files on various individuals associated with or affected by secret service activities in Communist Poland, materials on Radio Wolna Europa (Radio Free Europe), and Solidarność (Solidarity).

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Espionage, Polish.
Internal security--Poland.
Secret service--Poland.


Personal Files, 1954-2012

Scope and Contents

Composed of various materials that closely relate to Piecuch on a personal and professional level, the bulk of the documents in this series consist of correspondence, legal materials from court proceedings in which Piecuch was involved, memorabilia, and his various writings and publications.

Correspondence, 1973-2002

Scope and Contents

Composed of correspondence in the form of letters and e-mails that Piecuch received between 1973-2012. Most letters and e-mails are of professional nature.
Box 1, Folder 1

Letters received, 1973

Box 1, Folder 2

Letters received, 1993-1999

Box 1, Folder 3

Letters received, 2000-2002


Legal Materials, 1996-2000

Scope and Contents

Documents legal proceedings for the Adam Rosenbusch, Piotr i Paweł, and the 1 Samodzielny Batalion Kobiecy im. Emilii Plater trials.
Box 1, Folder 4

Piotr i Paweł, 2000

Box 1, Folder 5

Rosenbusch, Adam, 1999-2000

Box 1, Folder 6

Samodzielny Batalion Kobiecy im. Emilii Plater, 1996-2000

Box 1, Folder 7

Samodzielny Batalion Kobiecy im. Emilii Plater, 2000


Memorabilia, 1982-1992

Scope and Contents

Composed of various memorabilia related to Piecuch writings. The subseries includes a dedicated and autographed copy of Mieczysław Rakowski book titled, “Jak to Się Stało.” Additionally, the subseries includes a facsimile of the Martial Law announcement autographed and dedicated to Piecuch by Wojciech Jaruzelski.
Box 14, Folder 1

Jak to Się Stało, 1991

Box 14, Folder 2

Obwieszczenie, 1992

Box 14, Folder 3

Zaproszenia, 1983-1988

Box 14, Folder 4

Zezwolenia, 1982


Writings and Related Materials, 1954-2012

Scope and Contents

Composed of manuscripts, working papers, and various published and unpublished works. Also includes writing by other individuals.
Box 1, Folder 8

Autobiography, circa 1980

Box 1, Folder 9

Byłem Gorylem Jaruzelskiego, 1993

Box 2, Folder 1-2

Byłem Szpiegiem, 2012

Box 2, Folder 3

Jak Było, 1987

Box 2, Folder 4-7

Jak Było - Aneks, 1987

Box 3, Folder 1-2

Pożoga, circa 1985

Box 3, Folder 3

Pożoga, 1992

Box 3, Folder 4-5

Rozdział II-IV, 1954-2001

Box 4, Folder 1

Spotkanie z Fejginem, 1990

Box 4, Folder 2-3

Superagenci XX Wieku, 2003

Box 4, Folder 4-5

Tajna historia mojego życia. Wałęsa i... Kryptonim “Bolek” Wersja 1, circa 2012

Box 4, Folder 6-7

Tajna historia mojego życia. Wałęsa i... Kryptonim “Bolek”, circa 2012

Box 5, Folder 1

Writings by Others, 1988-2009

Box 5, Folder 2-3

Writings by Others - Marceli Wieczorek, circa 2009


Research Materials, 1920-2010

Scope and Contents

Composed of research materials that reflect the author’s field interest. Divided into four groups that focus on the Polish Communist intelligence and counterintelligence efforts, interviews and background information on various individuals important to the period, and structure and organization information for Radio Wolna Europa (Radio Free Europe) and Solidarność (Solidarity).

Intelligence and Counterintelligence, 1920-2007

Scope and Contents

Comprised of various materials focused around the activities of the Polish Communist intelligence and counterintelligence organizations, specifically Ministerstwo Spraw Wewnętrznych (MSW) and Ministerstwo Bezpieczeństwa Publicznego (MBP).
Box 5, Folder 4

Afera Alkoholowa, circa 1990

Box 5, Folder 5-6

Agenci, 1969-1988

Box 5, Folder 7

Artykuły, 1982-2005

Box 6, Folder 1

Imperium Zła, circa 1999

Box 6, Folder 2

Indeks Nazwisk, 1962

Box 6, Folder 3

Materiały Współczesne, 1990-2007

Box 6, Folder 4

Ministerstwo Bezpieczeństwa Publicznego - Analiza Gry - USA i Wielka Brytania, 1948-1952

Box 6, Folder 5

Ministerstwo Bezpieczeństwa Publicznego - Poznański Czerwiec, 1956

Box 6, Folder 6

Ministerstwo Spraw Wewnętrznych - Dokumenty Wewnętrzne, 1926-1990

Box 7, Folder 1

Ministerstwo Spraw Wewnętrznych - Poakowskie Podziemie Zbrojne, 1994

Box 7, Folder 2-3

Ministerstwo Spraw Wewnętrznych - Z Dziejów Kontrwywiadu, 1982-1988

Box 7, Folder 4

Polska Zjednoczona Partia Robotnicza, 1954

Box 7, Folder 5

Ukraińskie Podziemie Nacjonalistyczne, 1920-1939

Box 7, Folder 6

Wojska Ochrony Pogranicza, 1949-1992

Box 7, Folder 7

Wojska Ochrony Pogranicza, circa 1992

Box 8, Folder 1

Wolność i Niezawisłość, 1954

Box 8, Folder 2

Zewnętrzne Uwarunkowanie Rozwoju Wydarzeń, circa 1980


Individual Files, 1947-2010

Scope and Contents

Files are composed of background information, interviews, and research files of various individuals associated with the time period. A number of the individuals were the subjects of Piecuch’s writings: Wojciech Jaruzelski, Czesław Kiszczak, Zdzisław Najder, Władysław Pożoga, Józef Światło, and Józef Teliga among others.
Box 8, Folder 3

Cieślikowski, Z., 1994

Box 8, Folder 4

Gomułka, Władysław, 1956-1965

Box 8, Folder 5-8

Gotówko, Artur - CD 1-17, 2010

Box 9, Folder 1-2

Gotówko, Artur - CD 18-27, 2010

Box 9, Folder 3

Humer, Adam, 1988-1989

Box 9, Folder 4

Humer, Adam - cz. I-IV, 1988-1989

Box 9, Folder 5

Janiszewski i Siwicki, circa 1980

Box 10, Folder 1-2

Jaruzelski, Wojciech, 1985-1997

Box 10, Folder 3

Kiszczak, Czesław, 1979

Box 10, Folder 4

Krysiuk, Edmund, 1947-1997

Box 10, Folder 5

Kukliński i Bauer, 1956-1988

Box 10, Folder 6

Malinowski, Helena i Władysław, 1995

Box 10, Folder 7

Najder, Zdzisław, 1988

Box 10, Folder 8

Pożoga, Władysław, circa 1980

Box 11, Folder 1

Pożoga, Władysław, circa 1980 (contd.)

Box 11, Folder 2

Rydz-Śmigły, Edward, 1994-2001

Box 11, Folder 3

Światło, Józef, 1985

Box 11, Folder 4

Teliga, Józef, 2001-2008

Box 11, Folder 5

Wieczorek, Marceli, 1967-1977


Radio Wolna Europa (Radio Free Europe), 1969-1988

Scope and Contents

Documents are largely composed of correspondence, manuals, memoranda and broadcast information regarding Radio Free Europe. Additionally, the subseries includes information regarding Zdzisław Najder, and his activities as chief of the Polish language section of Radio Free Europe.
Box 11, Folder 6

Correspondence, 1969-1987

Box 11, Folder 7

Manuals, circa 1988

Box 11, Folder 8

Memorandums, 1969-1988

Box 11, Folder 9

Najder, Zdzisław, 1959-1988

Box 12, Folder 1

Okolnik, 1986-1987

Box 12, Folder 2

Programs, 1985-1988

Box 12, Folder 3

Schedules, circa 1980

Box 12, Folder 4

Transcripts, 1982-1988


Solidarność (Solidarity), 1980-1994

Scope and Contents

Document the activities of the Solidarity movement through its efforts abroad, international support, financials endowment and the effects Martial Law in Poland had on the Solidarity efforts.
Box 12, Folder 5-7

Brussels, 1980-1988

Box 12, Folder 8

Financial Endowment, 1980-1989

Box 13, Folder 1-2

International Support, 1980-1994

Box 13, Folder 3

Martial Law, 1981-1983

Box 13, Folder 4

Martial Law, Błyskawice, circa 1983