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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content Note
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Poland. Ambasada (France) records,
    Date (inclusive): 1919-1945
    Collection number: 45004
    Creator: Poland. Ambasada (France)
    Extent: 23 manuscript boxes (9.2 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Correspondence, memoranda, reports, and financial records, relating to Franco-Polish relations in the interwar period and during World War II.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language: Polish.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Poland. Ambasada (France) records, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1945


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Alternative Form Available

    Also available on microfilm (24 reels).

    Historical Note

    Polish embassy in France.

    Scope and Content Note

    The Polish embassy in France, considered the most important link in the Polish diplomatic network, officially opened in 1924, with Alfred Chlapowski as ambassador until 1936. Before then, the interests of the Poles after World War I were represented by the Polish National Committee (Polski Komitet Narodowy), responsible for Polish relations with the members of the Triple Entente. Dissolved in 1919, the Committee was replaced by a legation, headed by Maurycy Zamoyski. He remained at his post until 1924, when, by decree of the Council of Ministers, the legation's status was raised to that of an embassy.
    From the very beginning the embassy played an extremely important role in Poland's foreign policy, particularly in the second half of the 1920s and throughout the 1930s. In charge during the most critical years of 1936-1939 was Ambassador Juliusz Lukasiewicz, an experienced diplomat of great political skills as well as a talented organizer; he was also a close associate and personal friend of the foreign minister, Jozef Beck.
    This collection is an excellent illustration of those tense years, as can be seen in the telegrams exchanged with the Foreign Ministry headquarters in Warsaw and with many Polish diplomatic posts. They describe various shifts in Polish-French relations, reflected in talks and treaties, both military and diplomatic. What might be of most interest to the researcher here is the rapprochement between the two countries in the years preceding World War II: Poland then had in France a very close ally, a much more important one than Great Britain.
    With the collapse of the Polish state in 1939 and the government's move to France, Ambassador Lukasiewicz was replaced by Feliks Frankowski, who kept his rank of chargé d'affaires and that of minister plenipotentiary. He also represented Poland under the Vichy government until September of 1940, when, because of strong German pressure, Poles lost their diplomatic accreditation to France and the embassy moved to Lisbon. (Later, with the same titles, Frankowski represented Poland to the French National Committee in Algiers.)
    Due to the lack of Polish diplomatic representation on French territory, responsibilities for assistance to Poles were assumed by Stanislaw Zabiello, the representative of the Polish Red Cross (Polski Czerwony Krzyz). Information on his incredible and still largely unknown accomplishments can be found among the Polish Foreign Ministry (Poland. Ministerstwo Spraw Zagranicznych) records, also in the Hoover Archives, particularly documents related to welfare work of the embassy and operations of the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare.
    As reflected in the records of the embassy, one of the major concerns of the Polish authorities, especially after June 1940, was the fate of over 600 thousand displaced Polish nationals, a large percentage of them Jewish. Poles constituted the biggest foreign community in France, having traditionally settled there in large numbers. These immigrants, refugees, and displaced persons, in addition to the thousands of former soldiers who left occupied Poland, contributed to the formation of a large army in France. Many of those who didn't continue their odyssey joined the underground, and eventually became subject to Nazi persecution and deportations.
    After 1940, the Polish authorities in London maintained delicate contacts with the Free French. The difficult relations between the two sides were due to the complex situation within the French Underground and De Gaulle's entourage. Nevertheless, diplomatic relations were maintained, and in 1944, the post of ambassador was restored, with Kajetan Dzierzykraj Morawski in charge until 1945.
    This collection was transferred to the Hoover Institution in two parts, in 1945 and 1959. In the early 1990s, records of the embassy were also identified within the Polish Foreign Ministry collection and merged with the original two deposits.
    Besides the Hoover Institution, records of the embassy are stored in three other locations: the Archiwum Akt Nowych in Warsaw (particularly for the years 1919-1924), the Pilsudski Institute in New York (for a small portion of the Lukasiewicz papers), and the Sikorski Institute in London (for a large portion of Morawski's papers, of which there are just a few here at Hoover).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the repository's online public access catalog.


    World War, 1939-1945.
    World War, 1939-1945--Diplomatic history.
    World War, 1939-1945--Poland.
    France--Foreign relations--Poland.
    Poland--Foreign relations--France.