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Witold Kieżun, Home Army veteran dies aged 99

Professor Witold Kieżun passed away on Sunday at the age of 99. He was an economist, soldier of the Home Army (AK), during the Warsaw Rising he fought in the “Gustaw” battalion, he was also awarded the highest Polish military distinction, the War Order of Virtuti Militari in 1944.

Witold J. Kieżun was born on February 6, 1922 in Vilnius. During WWII he was a soldier of the AK, he fought in the Warsaw Rising under the pseudonym “Wypad” in the special tasks unit “Harnaś” of the “Gustaw” battalion. He single handedly captured a dozen or so German soldiers, acquiring weapons and ammunition for the Warsaw Rising.

After the Rising, he escaped from German transport that was taking soldiers to prisoner-of-war camps. In March 1945 in Kraków, southern Poland, he was arrested by the NKVD and sent to a Soviet labour camp in Krasnovodsk, in today’s Turkmenistan. He returned to Poland after an amnesty in 1946.

After his return he began studying law at the Jagiellonian University. In 1975 he became a titled professor. He specialised in management theory and work organisation.

Witold Kieżun was a lecturer at the Leon Koźmiński Academy, the Temple University in Philadelphia and the University of Montreal, among others. He also worked on behalf of the UN in Burundi, where he helped build a modern administration. He was also a book author with more than 20 official publications.

He has received many awards, including the Silver Cross of the Order of Virtuti Militari and the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.

“Very, very, very sad information: Witold Kieżun died – the Warsaw Insurgent, nome-de-guerre ‘Wypad’, an outstanding economist, a great friend of the Warsaw Rising Museum, a great authority. He was 99 years old. Honor to his memory,” the Warsaw Rising Museum wrote on social media.

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