JANUSZ K. ZAWODNY

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ZAWODNY JANUSZ KAZIMIERZ ZAWODNY 12.11.1921, Warsaw, Poland 04.08.2012, Brush Prairie, WA Polish-American historian, political scientist, Polish Army soldier (1939 WWII campaign, Home Army Underground Resistance Movement, 1944 Warsaw Uprising) and freedom fighter. He settled in the US when communists took over Poland. He earned his PhD at Stanford in 1955, the year he became a US citizen; taught at Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Oxford's St Antony's College, Claremont Graduate University, Pomona College; was a member of Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study; Harvard's Center for International Affairs' research associate; Stanford's Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences fellow; Ford Foundation faculty fellow; National Security Council advisor (1979-84); Tufts Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis member. His book Death in the Forest: The Story of the Katyn Forest Massacre (1962) was one of the first to give a complete account of the 1940 massacre of thousands of Polish officers by the Soviets. He also wrote Nothing but Honor: The Story of the Warsaw Uprising, 1944 (1978). He earned great respect and gratitude from Poles and Americans through an inimitable pursuit of truth, tirelessly helping Poland when besieged by tyrannical regimes and when it regained true sovereignty after 1989. He is the recipient of Polish and US medals and awards, including Poland's highest military order Virtuti Militari. In the US he is survived by wife LaRae Zawodny and son Roman Janusz Zawodny, in Poland by sister Barbara Przybylska, niece Magdalena Przybylska, nephew Wojciech Przybylski. In recognition of his lifelong fight for democracy and freedom and outstanding services rendered to Poland and the US, Poland's government will bury his ashes in the National Memorial Powazki Military Cemetery in Warsaw. A memorial service will also take place in the US. The Ambassador of Poland extends heartfelt condolences to Professor Zawodny's family

Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 22, 2012
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