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Stanisław Kot
Stanisław Kot
(22 October 1885 – 26 December 1975) was a Polish historian and politician, member of the Polish Government in Exile.


1 Life 2 Works 3 See also 4 References 5 External links

Life[edit] Born in 1885 in Ruda, Ropczyce-Sędziszów County, Austria-Hungary, Kot studied philosophy at the University of Lwów, obtaining a PhD
in 1911. He made several study trips to France, Germany, Sweden and Italy. In 1911 he married Ida Proksch. In his youth he was an active member of the organization of the Polish Studying Youth (Independent Group), under the Austro-Hungarian regime in the former Galicia. During the First World War
First World War
he worked together with Władysław Sikorski in the Supreme National Committee
Supreme National Committee
(Naczelny Komitet Narodowy). From 1914 to 1919 he published a newspaper Wiadomości Polskie (Polish News). After Poland
regained independence as the Second Polish Republic, from 1919 he started the publication of book series Biblioteka Narodowa (National Library), which has been continued until the present day. From 1921 until 1939 he published a historical magazine Reformacja w Polsce (Reformation in Poland). From 1920 he was a professor at the Jagiellonian University
Jagiellonian University
in Kraków
(Cracow). From 1921 he was a member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences
Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences
(Polska Akademia Umiejętności). He wrote 54 historical books and dissertations. The most important ones are relevant to the history of education, history of civilisation and history of culture in Europe
in the 16th century and 17th century. In September 1933 he was discharged by the Sanacja government from the chair of University of Cracow in connection with the resistance of professors against the suppression of autonomy at the University and the prostest against imprisonment of Centrolew politicians. From that time he also joined the right wing of the People's Party. After the German invasion of Poland
and the start of the Second World War in Europe
in 1939, he escaped to France, where he took part in the formation of the Polish Government in Exile, first serving as Minister of Internal Affairs Following the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941 and the subsequent reestabilishment of diplomatic relations between Poland
and Soviet Union, which had been broken after Soviet participation in the invasion of Poland, Stanisław Kot
Stanisław Kot
became the Polish ambassador to the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
in Moscow
until 1942. Then until 1943 he served as Minister of State (Minster Stanu) in the Middle East, where Poland
had substantial armed forces. From 1943 he was

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and his department played an important role when relations with the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
were broken off on 26 April 1943 after the discovery of the Katyn massacre, where the Soviets murdered thousands of Polish officers prisoners of war. After Prime Minister General Władysław Sikorski's death on 4 July 1943, President Władysław Raczkiewicz called upon Stanisław Mikołajczyk, who had been acting as Prime Minister in General Sikorski absence, to form a Government. Kot retained his position as Minister of Information in Mikolajczyk's cabinet. From 1945 to 1947 he cooperated with the Provisional Government on National Unity (Tymczasowy Rząd Jedności Narodowej), which attempted to bring together the Polish Government in Exile
Polish Government in Exile
and Soviet-sponsored Polish communist government. During that time he was the Polish ambassador to Rome. Eventually, as the Soviets persecuted all sympathisers of the London-based government, Stanisław Kot
Stanisław Kot
resigned his post in 1947 and remained in exile, fearing a return to Poland, where he was likely to face charges of treason and possible execution. He remained a supporter of the London-based government in exile, and a leader of the Polish People's Party
Polish People's Party
in exile from 1955, until his death in Middlesex, United Kingdom in 1975. Works[edit]

"History of Poland's Cultural Relations with other Countries" 1919 "Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski" 1932 "Ideologia polityczna i społeczna braci polskich zwanych arianami" (Polish 1932) English edition: Socinianism in Poland: the social and political ideas of the Polish Brethren called Arians (1957) 1934 "Historia wychowania " (2 vols. 2nd revised edition 1934). 1958 Chyliński's Lithuanian Bible: origin and historical background Stanisław Kot, Poznańskie Towarzystwo Przyjaciół Nauk. Komisja Filologiczna - Bible - 1958 - 25 pages

See also[edit]

List of Poles


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Tadeusz Paweł Rutkowski, Stanisław Kot
Stanisław Kot
1885–1975 Biografia polityczna, DIG 2000, ISBN 83-7181-165-9, Polish language Alina Fitowa (red.), Stanisław Kot
Stanisław Kot
- uczony i polityk, Wydawnictwo UJ, 2002, ISBN 83-233-1519-1, description, Polish language

External links[edit]

Biography in the Alma Mater magazine of the Jagiellonian University, in Polish, photo

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 71427262 LCCN: n84110976 ISNI: 0000 0001 2281 6607 GND: 119543990 SUDOC: 029909104 BNF: cb121434786 (data) BIBSYS: 13024809 SN