|Birth: ||Jan. 22, 1921|
|Death: ||Aug. 4, 1944|
Krzysztof Kamil Baczynski was born in Warsaw on January 22, 1921. His father was a literary critic, his mother, Stefania Zielenczyk, the sister of the well-known philosopher, Adam Zielenczyk. Krzysztof was an only child. His dream was to become a graphic artist or a book illustrator. He belonged to the generation born and raised in a free and independent Poland, a generation which did not know foreign rule. He started to write poetry very early. In 1936, at the age of 15, his first poem was published. But it was the shocks, the uncertainties, the cruelties of war which brought his true talent to the fare. He became the poet of fighting Warsaw. As an active member of the AK (Armia Krajowa – Home Army) his underground name was Jan Bugaj. He was a prolific writer, his poems often appearing in the underground press. Also the first volumes of his verses were all printed in clandestine print-shops.In 1942 Krzysztof married his beloved Basia (Barbara Drapczynska) to whom so many of his most beautiful lyrics are dedicated. September of 1939 marks the beginning of the annihilation of Baczynski's generation. First the onslaught on Poland and the siege of Warsaw, then the years of occupation – the darkness of Hitlerian terror and bestiality. Finally Warsaw starts to prepare for the Uprising. In 1943 Krzysztof joins the Polish Scouting Attack Groups and after some military training is assigned to the famed Scout Battalion ‘Zoska’ (Sophie). It is then that the young poet's talent really blossoms out and reaches its peak. He achieves poetic maturity in record time and his poetry of this period is full and complete. In June 1944 he receives some more field training and in the rank of assistant platoon leader is assigned a post at ‘Starowka’ (Old Town). He was killed in action during the first days of the Uprising which started on 1st August 1944. On August 24, the poet's beloved wife Basia is wounded. She dies on September first, not knowing of her Krzysztof's death. They're buried together. His wife was pregnant when she died. His poetry is read in schools in Poland until today, he is considered as the greatest Poland's war -time poet and the greatest poet of his generation.
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Record added: Jun 07, 2005
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