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Olgierd Budrewicz

Olgierd Budrewicz was born on 10 February 1923 in Warsaw. At the outbreak of the World War II he was 16 and attended the Prince Józef Poniatowski 5th National Secondary School. In 1942 he completed his final examinations at underground high school, then studied law at the underground Warsaw University and attended courses in journalism. Introduced by a friend into conspiracy, he became a soldier of Home Army (pseudonym Konrad). In 1943 he completed the secret Home Army officers’ school. The outbreak of Warsaw Uprising found him in his native Żoliborz, where he fought in the ranks of “Żmija” Group. In the beginning of September 1944 he was transferred to the team editing the insurgent bulletin „Dziennik Radiowy 22. Obwodu AK”(“Wireless Daily of 22nd Home Army Region”). After the capitulation of the Uprising he left Warsaw among civilians. With help of his friends, he escaped from Pruszków transit camp. He hid at a friend’s home in Żyrardów. After the war he completed his law course at the university and worked as a reporter and journalist for several Warsaw periodicals. He wrote several books documenting his travels and also many publications on Warsaw subjects. Budrewicz died on 20 November 2011 in Warsaw.

 

  • The collection of Budrewicz’s photographs from the years 1939-1949 comes mostly from family albums. His photographic record of events, starting at the outbreak of war, documents his scouting mobilization eastbound trip. He immortalizes the first tragic consequences of war, then life in occupied Warsaw. Photographs depicting secret forces and secret training classes from 1943 have preserved. There are many unique pictures of sports activities, officially banned by German authorities – showing e.g. illegal football matches of his Żoliborz “Promyk” team, of which Budrewicz was captain. The author portrayed most of all his acquaintances from Żoliborz Warsaw district, showing human relations in a masterly way. His pictures often have personal character, especially those showing his future wife Anna Kanicka, their family house at 6 Kaniowska Street, and also summer and winter trips out of town. The collection is completed by post-war photos, including views of war destruction of Warsaw.

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