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Krzysztof  Głuchowski

Krzysztof Głuchowski, photography by Ane Hinds
 

Krzysztof Głuchowski was born on 29 November 1926 in Warsaw. In June 1939, he graduated from a six-year Military Family School, and then passed his entrance exams to the 1st Cadet Corps in Lviv. He attended vocational schools during the occupation period. He also took secondary school exams in the secret Górski Secondary School, where he had been promoted to year four shortly before the Uprising broke out.

Since August 1941, still in the Union of Armed Struggle, which was later transformed into the Home Army, he was part of the underground under the codename “Juraś”, first in the Cadet Company and, since September 1943, in the 7th Regiment of Lublin Uhlans of the Home Army under the codename “Jeleń” in Platoon 1112.

Krzysztof Głuchowski also supported Operation Wilanów, conducted by the Directorate of Diversion (Kedyw) on 26 September 1943, and in other operations planned by the Warsaw division of Kedyw in the Wilanów area. In the Warsaw uprising, he served in the 1112nd platoon as a guard at the Home Army Headquarters and the Government Delegation for Poland in Kamler’s Factory in Wola, and later in the Old Town. Krzysztof Głuchowski received the Cross of Valour and was promoted to senior uhlan for his participation in the fights in the Old Town. After the surrender, he was sent to a number of PoW camps as well as surviving the American bombings of the German town of München Gladbach. After the liberation, he travelled through the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Italy to join the II Corps of the Polish Armed Forces in the West, commanded by Gen. Anders, where he joined the reformed 7th Regiment of Lublin Uhlans.

After being discharged from the military, he graduated from The Middle and High School of the 3rd Division of Carpathian Riflemen, passing his final exams in the UK. After graduating from university and obtaining his Chartered Engineer degree, he started working in the UK in the company CAV-Lucas, eventually becoming the director of its Spanish branches. While in the UK, Krzysztof Głuchowski became one of the founders and the first long-time treasurer of the Polish Social and Cultural Association (POSK) in London.


Interviewed by Aleksandra Pluta in Sao Paulo, 2015

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Life in occupied Warsaw
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The Żoliborz Conspiracy
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Prisoner of war
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Service in France
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"Well adjusted to life in Poland, which was in England"
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Polish-Brazilian similarities
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“I am not an emigrant, I have emigrated”
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Warsaw as seen by Krzysztof Głuchowski
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