Arczynski Marek Ferdynand

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The story of Marek Ferdynand Arczyński

Marek Ferdynand Arczyński, pseudonim „Janek” – Marek Łukowski was a Polish social and political activist. He took part in the Śląsk uprising. During World War II, he was connected with the Democratic Front in Kraków and from 1943, with the Polish Democratic Front.

In 1942, Arczyński was one of the instigators of the Polish Council to Aid Jews (“Żegota”) with the agreement of the Government Delegation. Between 1942-1945, he was a member of its presidium and served as treasurer. He also supervised the work of the Legalization Department which produced fake documents for Jews in hiding – works permits, identity cards, passes, marriage certificates, etc.

Arczyński wrote of his activities, „The Council provided legitimisation documents (...) for Jews in hiding (...) accepting no fee for them (...). Six people worked at drafting them (…). They were created with unprecedented accuracy and precision, so that the Germans could in no way recognise them (...). Part of the printing was done in secret by the Social Democrats at 41 Nowy Świat”.

Bibliography

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  • Gutman Israel red. nacz., Księga Sprawiedliwych wśród Narodów Świata, Ratujący Żydów podczas Holocaustu, Kraków 2009
  • Grynberg Michał, Księga Sprawiedliwych, Warszawa 1993

    The lexicon includes the stories of Poles honoured with the title of Righteous Among the Nations in the years 1963-1989. The list of entries is preceded by a preface by Icchak Arad and Chaim CheferThe Righteous of the World.