People

However, the Land of Sanok is first of all the people creating history and present of this land. Among of them are people of different professions and merits for country. Out of doubt, the most prominent person is Gregory from Sanok – Archbishop of Lvov, secretary and confessor of Władysław Warneńczyk (Władysław III of Varna), participant and chronicler during the Trip to Varna in 1444, after its tragic final he was a tutor of Jan Hudyani’s sons, precursor of humanism in Poland, operative administrator, patron and protector of Italian Reformer Kallimach. Members of the Clergy aren’t only leading people in the county, but they are well known and respectable in all country. Among of them is Zygmunt Gorazdowski (1845-1920) Roman Catholic saint famous for his charitable activity, from 2009 the Patron of Sanok. It is necessary to mention: Blessed Josaphat Joseph Kotsylovsky (1876 – 1947) Ukrainian Greek Catholic Bishop, he was murdered by NKVD (The People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs) in 1946 and also Rev. Prelate Zdzisław Jastrzębiec – Peszkowski (1918 – 2007) participant of the September Campaign, Chaplain for the Katyn Families Association and ZHP (Polish Scouting and Guiding Association), Honorable Citizen of Sanok.

The most prominent artists coming from the Sanok Land are: Zygmunt Kaczkowski (1825 – 1896) novelist, artist from the Sanok County, the action of his famous historical novel „Olbracht Knights” and series titled: ”The last of Nieczuj’s” has been placed on the Sanok Land. Adam Didur (1873 – 1946) leading singer, owner of one the best bass voices in the history of the Metropolitan Opera, leading educator in Silesian Opera (each year in Sanok is organized A Music Festival named for Adam Didur). Janusz Szuber (1947) poet, author of “Apocrypha of the Sanok Land”, “Srebrnopióre ogrody”, “Ladybird on the snow” and others, laureate of the Literary Award of the Polish Cultural Foundation in 1999. Marian Pankowski (1919) writer – prosaist, specially appreciated in France and Belgium, creating in Polish and French languages, he was a professor of Slavistics at the Brussels University, Honorable Citizen of Sanok. Marian Kruczek (1927 – 1983) professor of ASP in Krakow (The Jan Mateyko Academy of Fine Arts), painter and sculptor, the collection of his masterpieces is the pride of the Museum of History in Sanok. Zdzisław Beksiński (1929 – 2005) great-grandson of Autosan S.A. (Polish autobus producer) founders, modern painter, the largest collection of his paintings has been placed in Paris and Sanok (the Museum of History).

In a special way, with the Sanok County were connected famous scientists as: Jan Grodek – son of townsman from Sanok, in the 16th century he was a rector at The Jagiellonian University (ten times), founder of first scholarships for students coming from the Sanok Land. Adam Fastnacht (1913 – 1987) to the present day leading researcher of the Sanok Land, for many years he managing The Ossolineum (National Ossoliński Institute) and Julian Krzyżanowski (1892 – 1976) one of the most leading historians of Polish literature.

The atmosphere of patriotism in the Sanok County in the interwar period was strictly connected with prominent military commanders eg.: gen.dyw. Bronisław Prugar – Ketling (1891 – 1948) graduate of The I-st High School in Sanok, legionary, during the Polish September Campaign commander of 11th Carpathian Infantry Division, during the Battle of France (Fall of France) commander of Polish 2nd Fusilier Division, was internee in Switzerland, where with cooperation with the government of Switzerland promoted the education among his soldiers, after the Second World War he came back to the country. Gen.bryg. Kazimierz Tumidajski (1897 – 1947) inhabitant of Sanok, during the Polish September Campaign commander of 3rd Battalion 2nd Regiment of Podhale Rifles, during the action called „Storm” commander of Lublin District of AK („Home Army”), arrested and transported to The Soviet Union (The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics), where he was murdered in 1946 during a hunger strike, as a result of gullet’s damage because of feeding with using a strength by NKVD (The People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs).

The most prominent politician coming from the Sanok County was: Kazimierz Świtalski – (1886 – 1962) son of Starost from Sanok, graduate of The I-st High School in Sanok, legionary, adjutant of First Marshal Józef Piłsudski, Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland in 1929, Marshal of the Seym 1933 – 1935.

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