Guardian: Jacek Taylor, Ossoliński National Institute
A second reserve lieutenant of Polish Army (horse-artillery), an emissary of Home Army Headquarters and the Government of Republic of Poland in London, a many years’ director of Polish Broadcasting Station of Free Europe Radio.
Jan Nowak-Jeziorański (Zdzisław Antoni Jeziorański as a matter of fact) was a legendary courier from the period of the World War II who brought though with secret materials from the occupied Poland to London three times.
After the war, he managed Polish Broadcasting Station of Free Europe Radio with its registered office in Munich for almost a quarter of a century; then he was one of directors of American Polish Colony Congress and a consultant of National Security Council of U.S.A.
He couldn’t go to his motherland for 45 years; he didn’t even know if he can ever see Poland. He was considered as one of the biggest enemies of PRL.
While returning to Poland, he said proudly that their generation had performed their mission. He could leave because Poland had won.
He was born in Berlin on 02 October 1914. At a grammar school in Warsaw, he met Jan Kwiatkowski, a son of the vice-premier and the minister of economy, Eugeniusz Kwiatkowski.
It was him to tempt Zdzisław to study economy in Poznań at Prof. Edward Taylor.
To finance his studies, he had to sell his father’s memorabilia. After graduation, he stayed at the academy to research; he planned to obtain a travelling fellowship. Between 1936 and 1937, he performed military service at the Artillery Reserve Cadet School in Włodzimierz Wołyński. Then he started working on his doctor’s thesis ‘Economic business cycle in Poland 1929-1936’ but its continuation was interrupted by the war.
He partook of the September campaign a a soldier of 2nd Horse-Artillery Unit; he was taken German prisoner but he escaped luckily. (…)
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Author: Mateusz Palka
Ossolineum | Pan Tadeusz Museum | Facebook page – Gabinetów Świadków Historii
Jan Nowak Jeziorański died in Warsaw on January 20, 2005, at the age of 91. He was buried in the Jeziorański family grave at the Powązki Cemetery (plot 7-4-30).
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„Jan Nowak-Jeziorański – kurier z Warszawy i Waszyngtonu” (2020) – Mateusz Palka
„Kurier z Warszawy” [fragmenty] (2019) – Jan Nowak Jeziorański
Zwiastun filmu „Kurier” | FILM
„Artyleria konna” (1938) – Karol Koźmiński
„Artylerja konna. Szkic dziejów, organizacji i taktyki” [link] (1917) – Janusz Gąsiorowski