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 (bulk): 1954-2000
Date (inclusive): 1920-2012
Collection Number: 96009
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: 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)(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 66 books, various articles, stories, and poems. Piecuch’s work is primarily focused on Polish Communist intelligence, counterintelligence, and internal security.


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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is largely composed of Henryk Piecuch’s research materials for his various books as well as his published and unpublished writings.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).

Processed by

Justyna K. Szulc

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 "Goleniowski," by 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