MATERIALS: Stanislaw Sreniowski, From a Book of Madness And Atrocity – compiled by Jacek Leociak Cover Image
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MATERIALS: Stanislaw Sreniowski, From a Book of Madness And Atrocity – compiled by Jacek Leociak
MATERIALS: Stanislaw Sreniowski, From a Book of Madness And Atrocity – compiled by Jacek Leociak

Author(s): Jacek Leociak
Subject(s): History
Published by: Stowarzyszenie Centrum Badań nad Zagładą Żydów & IFiS PAN
Keywords: diaries; Holocaust; Polish-Jewish relations

Summary/Abstract: This text was written by Stanisław Śreniowski, born on 16 May 1912 in Stryj, died tragically on 11 August 1957 in Ustka. He graduated from Jan Kazimierz University in Lvov, where he studied law, economics and administration. During 1937–1939 he worked as a trainee at the General Public Prosecutor’s Office in Cracow. He received his doctor’s degree in law in 1939 at the Jagiellonian University, having defended his dissertation “The Organisation of the Halicz Diet”, supervised by Professor Stanisław Kutrzeba, who was later a prisoner of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. When the war broke out, Śreniowski was in Soviet-occupied Lvov, where he taught history of law at the Ukrainian Ivan Franko University. During 1943–1944 he was in Warsaw, co-operating with the secret Silesian University. He then prepared The History of the Silesian System, published in 1948. Being of Jewish decent, he was hiding together with his wife Krystyna in German-occupied Warsaw on “the Aryan side”. After the war he settled in Łódź and worked at the University of Łódź, where he received his post-doctoral degree based on his dissertation on peasant fugitives in ancient Poland (second edition published in 1977). In 1949 he became associate professor, and one year later he became chair of the Department of History of the Polish State and Law, which he headed until he died. During 1948–1950 he was the rector of the State Pedagogical High School, and from 1953 he also worked at the Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He published in scholarly journals as well as in Kuźnica, Myśl Współczesna and Wieś. His research interests concentrated on three areas: 1) historical and legal issues, 2) history of the peasantry from the point of view of law, structure and sociology, 3) history of historiography.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 312-316
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: English