Cwiklinska, Mieczyslawa b. January 1, 1879 d. July 28, 1972 Polish stage and screen actress and singer (soprano), outstanding comic actress renowned for her roles in both operettas and the classics. Cwiklinska, who came from a Polish theatrical family, made her debut in 1900 at the Teatr Ludowy (The People's Theatre) in Warsaw in Michal Balucki's play Grube Ryby. She toured Russia in 1906 and in 1910 went to Paris to study voice. In 1918, after appearing in various European cities, such as Dresden and Berlin, she returned to Warsaw and worked with...[Read More] (Bio by: Alexey Gusev) Powazki Cemetery, Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland
Czyzewska, Elzbieta b. April 14, 1938 d. June 17, 2010 Actress. A leading light of the Polish stage and screen, she played numerous character roles in the United States after her forced exile from her native land. Raised in Warsaw, she graduated from acting school in 1960, and after appearing in the movie short "Erotique" quickly became a national sex symbol. Starring in the works of director Jerzy Skolimowski (to whom some speculate that she was married), she was held in high esteem, but her life and career took a major turn when she appeared in a...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Powazki Military Cemetery, Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland
Deskur, Cardinal. Andrzej Maria b. February 29, 1924 d. September 3, 2011 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Born at the Deskur palace in Sancygniów to a noble family of French origins, Andrzej Maria Deskur earned a doctorate in law from the Jagellonian University of Kraków before entering the local seminary. Furthering his studies at the Catholic University of Fribourg in Switzerland, receiving a doctorate in moral theology with specialty in social sciences, he was ordained priest at St. Bonnet-les-Oules in France by Cardinal Pierre-Marie Gerlier, Archbishop of Lyon, on...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Sanctuary Of The Divine Mercy, Krakow, Malopolskie, Poland Plot: Sanctuary Crypt.
Deyna, Kazimierz 'Kaz' b. October 23, 1947 d. September 1, 1989 Professional Soccer Player. Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist. An attacking midfielder, he scored 41 goals for Poland in 97 matches. He began his career as a youth with his home town club Włókniarz Starogard Gdański. He was transferred to the army club Legia Warsaw while fulfilling his military obligation. He led Legia to two Polish championships in 1969 and 1970. Debuting for Poland’s national team in 1968, he quickly became a regular, leading Poland to the gold medal in soccer at the...[Read More] (Bio by: Kenneth Gilbert) Powazki Cemetery, Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland Plot: Sect C 31 Grave 20
Dlugosz, Jan b. 1415 d. May 19, 1480 Preeminent medieval Polish historian and diplomat. Born in Brzeznica, Poland and educated in literature and philosophy at the Academy of Cracow. Ordained in 1440 and appointed secretary to Cardinal Zbigniew Olesnicki, Bishop of Cracow. Best remembered for his monumental 12 volume History of Poland (Historiae Polonicae) which was partially published in 1614, and finally in full in 1711. The first of its kind, it inspired Poles with pride in their past and favourably changed the attitude of...[Read More] (Bio by: Fred Beisser) Skalka Sanctuary, Krakow, Malopolskie, Poland
Drewniakowna, Maria b. May 13, 1908 d. September 30, 2014 Opera Singer. A soprano, she shall be principally remembered for performing the music of her native land. Trained at Stanislawowo, Lviv, and Warsaw, she broke into Polish National Radio around 1936 and established herself as a major concert artist. Over the years she introduced works by a number of Polish composers including Grazyna Bacewicz, Andrzej Panfnik, Witold Rudzinski, and Artur Malowski and in 1951 gave the world premiere of Witold Lutoslawski's "Silesian Triptych". Active in the...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Evangelical Cemetery , Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland
Dunajewski, Cardinal. Albin b. March 1, 1817 d. June, 1894 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Born in Stanisławów, then part of the Austrian Empire and nowadays part of Ukraine, Albin Dunajewski frequented the theological faculty of Lviv, the university and seminary of Kraków and the Collegio Romano in Rome. Working at the said university with the youth, he was the co-founder of the "Mloda Sarmacja" union statute. Accused of conspiring for being a member of the Polish Democrats, he was arrested on February 8, 1841 and sentenced to death following a...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Wawel Cathedral, Krakow, Malopolskie, Poland Plot: Krypty Biskupów Krakowskich.
Dygat, Kalina b. February 5, 1931 d. August 7, 1991 Actress. Born in Czestochowa, Poland in 1931, her parents brought her up together with two other children. In 1953 she debuted on stage and year later married famous Polish writer Stanislaw Dygat ( Bodenskie Lake, Disneyland). Her long list of theatre work includes plays by Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz and Bertolt Brecht among others. Jedrusik first appeared on screen in 1957 with the movie "Ewa Wants to Sleep" (1958). She is mostly known for playing Joanna in comedy "Medicine on Lov " (1966) and Lucy...[Read More] (Bio by: Kasia) Powazki Cemetery, Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland
Elsner, Jozef b. June 1, 1769 d. April 18, 1854 Composer, Conductor, Educator, Author. An important precursor of Polish Nationalism in music, he pioneered in using folk elements in his work. Some of his operas have themes taken from Polish history and legend. Among his many students the greatest was Frederic Chopin. Joseph Anton Franz Elsner was born in Grottkau (now Grodków), Silesia, a region of Poland then under Prussian rule. His ancestry was German, he received a...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Powazki Cemetery, Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland
Fall, Richard b. April 3, 1882 d. January, 1945 Composer, Conductor. The youngest brother of famed composer Leo Fall, he studied in Berlin and was active in Vienna as an operetta conductor. Leo entrusted him with the premieres of several of his works. His own compositions were rather more modernistic, assimilating elements of avant-garde dissonance and jazz, though he also wrote his share of light music (salon pieces and a dozen light operas and revues). Fall's best efforts were done in collaboration with lyricist Fritz Lohner-Beda...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Auschwitz Death Camp, Oswiecim, Malopolskie, Poland
Filipiak, Cardinal. Bolesław b. September 1, 1901 d. October 14, 1978 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Osniszczewko born Bolesław Filipiak was the eldest of seven children. Entering seminary in Poznań, he frequented the local university before heading to Rome to the Pontifical Roman Athenaeum Sant'Apollinare, earning a doctorate in utroque iure in both canon and civil laws. Ordained priest in Gniezno on May 29, 1926, he acted as secretary to the local ordinary, Cardinal August Hlond SDB. Imprisoned by the Nazis, on his release he was named member of the...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Archcathedral Basilica Of Saint Peter And Saint Pa, Poznan, Wielkopolskie, Poland Plot: Krypta Bazylika Archikatedralna.
Fogg, Mieczyslaw b. May 30, 1901 d. September 3, 1990 Entertainer. Real name Mieczyslaw Fogiel. He was one of the most popular Polish singers of the 20th century. Starting his career well before World War II, he traveled the country first in vaudeville acts and later toured the world with his own song-and-dance group. He was able to sing in different languages, which made him very popular with his audiences outside of Poland. After the war in 1945 he opened the first Music Cafe in the still mostly destroyed city of Warsaw. Though not very...[Read More] (Bio by: Frank K.) Cmentarz Brodnowski, Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland
Freyer, August (Karl) b. December 15, 1801 d. May 28, 1883 Organist, Composer, Teacher. A prominent figure in Polish musical life for nearly 50 years. Born in Mildenau, Germany, he studied organ in Leipzig and music theory under Jozef Elsner at the Warsaw Conservatory (1827 to 1831). During that time he befriended Frederic Chopin and tutored the young Stanislaw Moniuszko, who would become the most important Polish composer of his generation. When the Russian Empire shut down the conservatory in the wake of the failed 1830 Uprising, Freyer went on an...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Evangelical Cemetery , Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland
Freyer, August (Karl) b. December 15, 1801 d. May 28, 1883 Organist, Composer, Teacher. A prominent figure in Polish musical life for nearly 50 years. Born in Mildenau, Germany, he studied organ in Leipzig and music theory under Jozef Elsner at the Warsaw Conservatory (1827 to 1831). During that time he befriended Frederic Chopin and tutored the young Stanislaw Moniuszko, who would become the most important Polish composer of his generation. When the Russian Empire shut down the conservatory in the wake of the failed 1830 Uprising, Freyer went on an...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Protestant Cemetery (Defunct), Pilica, Mazowieckie, Poland
Frykowski, Wojciech b. December 22, 1936 d. August 9, 1969 Manson Family Murder Victim. Wojciech (pronounced "Voytek" in English) was the son of Jan Frykowski, a textile printer who lost his business during the Nazi occupation of Poland during World War II, and Teofila Stefanowska. He was a longtime friend of director Roman Polanski. In English, his name translates to Albert. According to Polanski's 1984 autobiography, "Roman," he (Roman) was working the door at a school dance and refused Frykowski entry due to his reputation as a troublemaker. The two...[Read More] (Bio by: Donna Di Giacomo) Saint Josef's Cemetery, Lodz, Lodzkie, Poland
Gerron, Kurt b. May 11, 1897 d. October 28, 1944 Actor. He created the role of 'Tiger Brown', the Lord Mayor of London, in Berholdt Brecht and Kurt Weill's "The Threepenny Opera" (1928) and made "Mack the Knife" his signature song in his stage act. He also appeared in the films "Diary of a Lost Girl"(1928) and "The Blue Angel". He refused to leave Germany after the Nazi takeover in 1933, even though he was Jewish, and in 1942 he was sent to the concentration camp at Terecin. There he was forced to direct a Nazi propaganda film, "Hitler Builds...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Auschwitz Death Camp, Oswiecim, Malopolskie, Poland
Gierek, Edward b. January 6, 1913 d. July 29, 2001 Polish Communist Politician. He was the communist ruler of Poland in the 1970s who was forced to resign amid anti-communist worker protests that gave birth to Solidarity. (Bio by: Ron Moody) Cause of death: Lung infection Powazki Cemetery, Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland
Glemp, Cardinal. Józef b. December 18, 1929 d. January 23, 2013 Roman Catholic Prelate. Best remembered for having been the Primate of Poland during the years of Solidarność. Ordained priest in 1956, he devoted himself to the study of canon law reaching a considerable prestige in the Polish Church. On March 4 1979, Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop of Warmia and after just two years, Archbishop of Warsaw and Gniezno. In 1981, his appointment as Primate of Poland aroused much controversy because he was suspected of collaborating with the communist...[Read More] (Bio by: Lucy Caldarelli) Saint John's Archcathedral, Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland Plot: Under the central nave dedicated to St. John the Baptist