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Edward Dziewoński
Edward Dziewoński was born on 16 December 1916 in Moscow. Before the outbreak of the war, he studied acting at the State Institute for Theatre Arts, but he received his diploma in 1945. He took part in various Home Army activities during the occupation, although he was never sworn in. He worked as a translator and construction manager for various construction and chemical firms (including Damięcki-Holtorp). The outbreak of the Uprising caught him off guard in the vicinity of Końskie in Świętokrzyskie Vojevodeship, where he had been sent at the end of July to get building materials. After the war, Dziewoński took to the stage with Syrena Theatre in Łódź. Upon returning to Warsaw, he acted in theatres such as the Ateneum (co-founded before the war by Edward’s father, Janusz Dziewoński), Syrena, Wspołczesny, Komedia as well as the Kwadrat, which he started himself. He appeared in dozens of films (including Edward Munk’s Eroica), and in more than 70 theater pieces and 100 television productions, many of which he also directed. He was one of the main actors in Kabaret Starszych Panów (‘Elderly Gentlemen’s Cabaret’), a TV show that ran from 1958-1966. He appeared in the Wagabunda and Szpak Cabarets, as well as Dudek, which he founded himself. He died on 17 August 2002 in Warsaw.

  • Edward Dziewoński’s photographs were taken in the second half of the 1940s during a visit to Warsaw with the Syrena Theatre. They show Warsaw largely destroyed, but already starting to regroup and rebuild itself. The skillfully framed and excellently preserved negatives show, among other things, the construction of the Śląsko-Dąbrowski Bridge and the East-West route (Trasa W-Z). Actress Alina Janowska, a courier of the "Kiliński" Battalion during the Uprising, posed for some of Dziewoński's photos.
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