The Humanities Yearbook of Radzyn Podlaski

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Exegesis of the biography of Zbigniew Braun

In the fall of 1947, Zbigniew Braun, a Home Army soldier from Radzyń Podlaski, a Warsaw insurgent and a prisoner of the German Stalag, returned to the country under communist rule. Summoned to the District Command of the Polish People’s Army in Biała Podlaska, he submitted his own biography in which he described his fate during World War II. Piotr Gorzelańczyk subjected this document to a critical historical analysis. We invite you to read.

Templars in Łuków

Was there a Templar commandery in Łuków? If so, where did they come from and how were they organized? This problem, in the light of Pope Alexander IV’s bull of 1257, is discussed by Marcin Gomółka in his article.

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Archaeological sites in Siedlce region

Archaeological sites in the vicinity of the city of Siedlce allow you to observe the history of settlement in this area from the late Paleolithic to the Middle Ages. Its outline covering the area of the present Siedlce poviat is presented in an article by Marta Czerwaniec-Ivasyk. We invite you to read:

German labor camps for Jews in the district of Radzyń

During World War II, 20 German labor camps for Jews were located in the Radzyń county. People who were not adapted to hard conditions, without appropriate tools and clothing, were sent to work. A serious problem was the lack of food. As a consequence, this led to frequent cases of starvation, epidemics and diseases. These facilities served not so much German economic purposes as extermination. Labor camps and other places of forced labor became places of gradual destruction of the people there.

Sławomir Mańko discusses this issue in his article. We invite you to read:

Index of the notary public of the Łosice poviat 1810-1812

We invite you to use the alphabetical index of the notary Szymon Czarnocki in Łosice from the years 1810-1812. It was prepared as part of the substitute professional practice of students of History at the University of Natural Sciences and Humanities in Siedlce during the lockdown in 2020-2021. Go to the article

Defenders of the faith of the Uniate rite from Dołhobrody

As a result of the actions of the Russian authorities, in 1874 Dołhobrody had to leave the last Uniate priest, Leon Horoszewicz. Thirty years later, the Uniate Andrzej Błyskosz also left the parish and went on a pilgrimage to Pope Pius X. His goal was to deliver a petition against the persecution of the Uniates by the Russians.

We invite you to read the article by Mateusz Sarnacki devoted to these two outstanding Uniates.

Russians in the service of the Third Reich

During World War II, representatives of the nations living in the Soviet Union were the most numerous among foreign volunteers who were part of military units fighting on the side of Germany. We invite you to familiarize yourself with the review of Russian formations in the service of the Third Reich, prepared by Marcin Barej.

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What did Podlasie people know about Germany and the Soviets?

For the decade 1922-1932, the national-Catholic weekly “Podlasiak” influenced the opinions of the region’s inhabitants. Katarzyna Grudzień analyzes the information provided by the editorial office on Germany and the Soviet Union in the period so important for the formation of the basis of the two socialist totalitarian regimes, which at the end of the 1930s will become the cause of the fall of the Second Polish Republic.

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Image of Immaculate Mother of God from the village of Czemierniki

In the parish church in Czemierniki, in the main altar, there is a large painting of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception by Antoni Michalak. The initiator of the painting was the then administrator of the parish, Fr. Józef Kuniec, who corresponded with the Artistic Commission at the Bishop’s Curia in Lublin. The commission chose not only the artist-painter, i.e. Antoni Michalak, but also chose the design of the painting which, since 1952, has been decorating the main altar of the temple. The artist was one of the members of the Fraternity of St. Lucas, characterizing by a reference to traditional painting, historical painting and religious themes. For these reasons, it was recommended by the Episcopal Curia to the parish priests of the Lublin diocese and the artist’s works can be found in many museums, churches and private galleries.

We invite you to read the article by prof. Anna Łosowska:

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