Wacław Zbyszewski 1903-1985

He was born in Ukraine in the village of Bokijewka into a landowning family. In 1919 he moved to Warsaw before studying law and economics at the Jagiellonian University. From 1923, he collaborated with the “Czas” publishing house in Krakow, he also wrote for the Vilnius based “Word” and “Young Rebellion”. In 1939 he became the “Word” correspondent in London. At the same time, from 1924, he worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, being posted to the consular offices in Paris (1927-1928), New York (1928-1931) and Tokyo (1931-1933). He finished his diplomatic service in 1933, then in 1935 he was employed at the Bank of Poland. After the outbreak of World War II, he worked for the BBC’s Polish section, as well as for the government in exile in the Ministry of Information and Documentation. He remained in exile, becoming a collaborator of the Voice of America radio station after the war, as well as several magazines, including “Dziennik Żołnierza” and “Kultury”, where he mainly wrote about the economy. He was the Paris correspondent for Radio Free Europe. His most important publications include: Lost Romantics and Others (1992), Tales of Pre-war People and Times (2000).


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