Immunity and the honor of a deputy (an officer) in the second Republic Cover Image

Immunitet a zdolność honorowa posła (oficera) w II RP
Immunity and the honor of a deputy (an officer) in the second Republic

Author(s): Grzegorz Kulka
Subject(s): Political history
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Gdańskiego
Keywords: inter-war period; Poland;

Summary/Abstract: In the inter-war period in Poland the honor was one of the greatest values possessed by a man, a socio-professional group or even a nation. In order to preserve it, certain rules were respected, which created a kind of the catalog of customs broadly accepted in the society. Their violations had different consequences such as injury which was a result of losing a duel of honor, convict-ion by a court or exclusion from a certain social group. During that time, in the Second Republic of Poland, the restored parliament provided deputies and senators with immunity, which caused that they were ,,suspended” in the ability of honor — they could not be asked for any form of honor compensation (except for the insult of honor among parliamentarians themselves). The article presents the impact of parliamentary immunity on the parliamentarians’ability of honor from the legal, customary and moral points of view (the latter ones are presented on the basis of selected examples, which were described in numerous press articles). Particular attention was paid to the officers, for whom the integrity of honor was even a priority by virtue of their profession. While sitting in the benches of the Sejm and the Senate they sometimes forgot that, which aroused the resentment in the officer corps.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: XXXI
  • Page Range: 871-886
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Polish