Jan Nowak-Jeziorański 1913 – 2005

My fate forever remains bound to the fate of my country

Jan Nowak-Jeziorański has passed away.  Our distinguished countryman, true hero, great moral authority, a man entirely dedicated to his country, departed on his final mission on January 20, 2005 at the age of 92. He was buried with honors in his native soil at the Powązki Cemetery in Warsaw.

Jan Nowak-Jeziorański is a representative of the first generation born in a resurrected Poland. He was a graduate of the Adam Mickiewicz Gimnazium in Warsaw. He was a soldier in the September 1939 Defense Campaign and legendary courier of the Main Command of the Home Army. He participated in the Warsaw Uprising. He was director of the Polish Section of Radio Free Europe. He was a great leader who helped pave the way for Poland into NATO.

With his departure, Poland loses a man of steel. He was a man who fought tirelessly for Poland’s appropriate position in the world. In recent years, he was our voice of conscience. He frequently reinforcing his me-ssage that we must not squander our miraculously regained freedom for which many generations sacrificed so many lives. In August of 2002 he wrote, “Even for a second, we must not lose sight of the fact that the present balance of power, which offers a blissful sense of security, can fall apart as unexpectedly as it emerged.”

We will greatly miss his voice of wisdom calling upon us to treasure our greatest common good – Poland. We are indebted to the legendary “Courier from Warsaw” for his determination and sacrifice in fighting for Poland, and for his unshakable belief in ultimate victory. With reverence, we bid farewell and pay homage to Jan Nowak-Jeziorański, the remarkable son of the greatest generation.

Maria Szonert

Forum, 2/2005