Kazimierz Kolbuszewski - murdered for helping Jews
It is impossible to make up for the losses caused by the enormous devastation inflicted by the occupying forces on Poland’s scientific community. These were thoughtful, well-educated people who cared about the scientific, cultural and spiritual future of the next generations. The elite was slaughtered. One of the victims representing this world of intellect, culture and spirit was Kazimierz Kolbuszewski – Prof. of the history of Polish literature at the Stefan Batory University in Vilnius and the Jan Kazimierz University in Lwów, the successor of Prof. Wilhelm Bruchnalski in the Department of the History of Polish Literature at UJK. Author of numerous articles and critical studies, during the occupation he was involved in secret teaching. A master and teacher, like many Poles had before the war. Why did he have to die? Well, because he never forgot about his humanity, and the pretext for his murder was the medical help he provided to his Jewish housekeeper. He was arrested for this on 17 September 1942 and sent to the Majdanek camp. He died on 20 February 1943.
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