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  • Title: Tadeusz Podgórski papers
    Date (inclusive): 1952-1986
    Collection Number: 2014C16
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: Polish
    Physical Description: 12 manuscript boxes (4.8 linear feet)
    Creator: Podgórski, Tadeusz.


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    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2014.


    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 catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biograpgical Note

    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, 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 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 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 section on Polish labor issues 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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Tadeusz Podgórski papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives

    Scope and Contents

    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 section on Polish labor issues 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.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Polska Partia Socjalistyczna.
    Poland--Emigration and immigration.