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Zygmunt Kukieła „Zetka”
Corporal Zygmunt Kukieła ”Zetka” was born in Vilnius on 29 May 1921. As a 4-year old he moved with his family to Warsaw. He completed his final exams at high school in 1939. During German occupation he lived in Saska Kępa district, working first in PZO (Polish Optical Works) and since 1943 in a photographic equipment shop at 125 Marszałkowska Street, owned by a famous photographer Henryk Poddębski. Together with his brothers Antoni and Józef he served in a secret  Home Army unit in Praga district. Assigned to a unit prepared to attack Wschodni (Warsaw East) Railway Station, he was surprised by the Uprising outbreak in the shop at Marszałkowska Street in the city centre. He then joined ”Stefan” Assault Company and was appointed the official photographer of the 4th Region staff headquarter by Maj. Stanisław Steczkowski ”Zagończyk”. After the Uprising he was imprisoned in Stalag VII B in Memmingen, Bavaria. In 1945-1947 he served in Polish 2nd Corps in the West. He returned to Poland in 1947 and established a plastic goods enterprise. He also acted as the manager of “Warszawianka” fencing club. He died on 25 May 2002 in Warsaw.

 

  • During the Uprising Zygmunt Kukieła was using a ”Leica” camera borrowed from Henryk Poddębski. He photographed soldiers of ”Stefan” Assault Company - ”Rum” Battalion, and commanding officers of 4th Region staff headquarter, documenting insurgents’ everyday life - assemblies, time-off, celebrations and burials. Most photos were taken in August 1944 in City Centre North, in the courtyard of the house at 125 Marszałkowska Street and in the ruins of the former “Capitol” cinema bombed in September 1939. Original negatives were burnt in the fire that destroyed the house and the photographic studio in the basement - only prints given out by Zygmunt Kukieła as souvenirs to his colleagues remained from the rich photo collection.

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