Yesterday, on February 10, died Stanisław Maria Jankowski. He was an esteemed Cracow historian, journalist, columnist, long-time editor of the Katyn Bulletin and co-founder of the Independent Historical Committee for the Investigation of the Katyn Massacre. He willingly shared his vast knowledge with others, and supported many scientific and educational initiatives, including those of our Museum.
Stanisław Maria Jankowski was born on 9 December 1945 in Cracow. He studied history at the Jagiellonian University, and professionally collaborated with, among others, "Dziennik Polski", "Gazeta Krakowska" and "Życie Literackie". His output includes an impressive number of publications in the press, and also books devoted to the Home Army and the Katyn Massacre, radio plays and scripts for documentary films. For his book Dziewczęta w maciejówkach he was honoured with Krakowska Książka Miesięca Award at the Śródmiejski Ośrodek Kultury in Kraków in November 2012, and, in 2017, received the honorary award "Witness to History" awarded by the Institute of National Remembrance.
As for us, in our memory will stay frequent visits to Mr. Stanisław in his apartment, where, among piles of books, we spoke about complexity of past events. His guidance and materials give to us on the Katyn Massacre, proved to be invaluable in our work on the exhibitions Polish Prisoners-of- War in the USSR and On the inhuman land. Polish prisoners-of-war in the USSR.
Mr. Stanisław, we will miss you…