Gustaw Herling-Grudziński 1919-2000

He was born in Kielce on the 20th of May, 1919, and died in Naples on the 4th of July, 2000. He studied Polish philology at the University of Warsaw. In October 1939 he founded an underground Polish People’s Independence Action. In March 1940 he left Grodno and tried to cross the Lithuanian border but was arrested by the NKVD. Herling-Grudziński was then sentenced to five years of imprisonment in a Soviet camp. He was, however, released in January 1942, by virtue of the Sikorski-Mayski Agreement between the Polish Government-in-Exile and the Soviet Union. Later he described his experience from the period of imprisonment in his most famous book entitled Inny świat (A World Apart). Following his release, he joined the Anders’ Army and fought, for instance, in the battle of Monte Cassino. After the war he remained in exile, working for Radio Free Europe (1952-1955). In 1955 he settled down in Naples. He was a member of the Polish Socialist Party (PPS) until 1960, when he resigned from his membership after Adam Ciołkosz had been expelled from that organization. He also published in various magazines, including the Wiadomości of London and the Paris Kultura.


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