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Biographical Sources for Poland Victims of War

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This section was prepared by Barbara Bulat, a reference librarian at the Jagiellonian Library in Krakow, Poland.
Note: Throughout the text the abbreviation OIN refers to Oddzial Informacji Naukowej of the Jagiellonian Library, Krakow.


General Biographical Resources Polish Memoir literature Cemetery Sources and Necrologies


Concentration Camps and Other Sites of Mass Murder 

KL Auschwitz-Birkenau

Ksiegi zgonow z Auschwitz: fragmenty/ Panstwowe Muzeum Oswiecim-Brzezinka

Muenchen: K.G. Saur, 1995.
OIN Call Number: J2525
U of I Library Call Number: Main Stacks 940.5317438 D349 (English Translation/Title: Death books from Auschwitz: remnants)

1. Personal accounts. 305s., 214 p. of photographs. Bibliography.
2. Name index. A-L, 751 p.
3. Name index. M-Z, addendum, pp-752-1653

The first volume illustrates different aspects of life in the Auschwitz-Birkenau, among others discussed are beaurocratic procedures practiced by the SS to mask the daily murders. It contains also a list of transports to Auschwitz , a calendar of events, biographies of the SS-men and photos. The volume appeared in three separate language versions: Polish, German, and English. Volumes 2 and 3 contain the index of names prepared on the basis of entries in the “books of passing” (ksiegi zgonow), containing entries with dates of death of prisoners for 27th July 1941-31 December 1943. The preserved material is incomplete (most of the documents prepared by the SS were destroyed during the evacuation of the camp in January 1945). The number of 69, 000 entries preserved in the “books of passing” published for the first time in this publication concerns only a small part of the prisoners who perished in Auschwitz. The third volume contains also, in the form of an addendum, a name index compiled on the basis of information contained in eight additional sources documenting the cases of prisoners’ death (Book of Daily Roll-call, Book of Bunker of Block 11, Book of the Penal Company, reports on removal of gold teeth, lists of newly arrived Jews, lists of the deceased, death certificates, main books of the Gypsy camp). These documents confirm the death of the registered prisoners of Auschwitz, which are not entered in the “books of passing”. Besides the names, the index contained dates and places of birth and dates of death noted in the “books of passing.”


Ksiega pamieci: transporty Polakow z Warszawy do KL Auschwitz 1940-1944. Vols. 1-3.

Warszawa, Oswiecim: Towarzystwo Opieki nad Oswiecimiem; Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, 2000.
1659 p., photos, indexes.
OIN Call Number: J2525c
OCLC: 46792947

The publication documents transports of Poles from Warsaw to KL Auschwitz, contains 25963 names or numbers of prisoners, who in years 1940-1944 were brought in 56 transports directly from Warsaw, or via the transfer camp in Proszkow. The lists of names were prepared on the basis of sources collected by the Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim (their detailed discussion is connected in the chapter “Baza zrodlowa”). The list is arranged by prisoner number (men and women separately), which allowed to include persons whose names were not established. Access to names is made easy thanks to an alphabetical index of prisoners.


Mieszkancy Slaska, Podbeskidzia, Zaglebia Dabrawskiego w KL Auschwitz: Ksiega Pamieci. Vol. 1-2.

Pajak, Irena. Katowice: Towarzystwo Opieki nad Oswiecimiem. Oddzial Wojewodzki w Katowicach, 1998. 1331 p. Bibliography. Index.
OIN Call Number: J?
OCLC: 42960765

The work contains a list of 27, 380 prisoners of KL Auschwitz from Slask, Podbeskidzie, and Zaglebie Dabrowskie. The list is not complete, since it was based on the preserved original documentation, which comprises only a small percentage of the totality of documents created in the camps. Another important sources was the documentation provided by Zwiazek Kombatantow RP w Katowicach, and private collections of the former prisoners of KL Auschwitz. The list was arranged by date of prisoners’ arrival to the camp. Entries include: prisoner number, date of arrival at the camp, name, date and place of birth, other information (such as date of death, transfer to another camp, date of being released from the camp, date of escape, date of liberation). An alphabetical list of names is provided.


KL Gross-Rosen

Ksiega zmarlych wiezniow KL Gross-Rosen. Czesc 1.

Ewa Choptiany (ed.). Walbrzych: Panstwowe Muzeum Gross-Rosen, 1992. 339 p.
OIN Call Number: A?
OCLC: 36670794

The publication contains a list of persons who died in the years 1940-1945 w KL Gross-Rosen (when it was a branch of KL Sachsenhausen), and later when the KL Gross Rosen was a separate camp. The work contains also names of former prisoners who died immediately after the war in the camp hospitals of Sowie Gory. The main sources for the compilation are the German documents kept in the Archiwum Panstwowego Muzeum Gross-Rosen (originals and microforms). The names are arranged in two sequences: chronologically by date of death, and alphabetically by last name. The entries contain: name, date and place of birth, date of death, nationality, citizenship, faith. The list contains 8887 names. The introduction is in Polish, English, Yiddish, German, and Russian.


Przezylismy Gross-Rosen. Zwiazek Bojownikow o Wolnosc i Demokracje. Dzielnica Warszawa-Srodmiescie. Kolo nr. 1. Komisja Historyczna Srodowiska Gross-Rosen. Warszawa.

Vol. 3 Ksiega pomordowanych. Zeszyt 1: Wykaz pomordowanych ze zbiorow Romana Olszyny. 1981. 69p.
Vol. 4. Biografie wiezniow. Zeszyt 1-6. 1984-1987. 6 x 80 p.

Edited by Roman Olszyna on the basis of the available archival materials, the list contains over 2000 names of Poles murdered in KL Gross-Rosen and its sub-camps. The list is set up alphabetically. The entries include: name, date of birth, date of death. The zeszyty of vol. 4 contain a total of 326 bios of the former prisoners of Gross-Rosen (both alive and deceased). The bios were created on the basis of historical documents, memoirs, biographies published in monographic form, or in periodicals, materials received from families and friends of the prisoners. The arrangement of the bios within each zeszyt is alphabetical.


Ponary (near Vilnius)

Wilenskie Ponary. 2nd edition.

Pasierbska, Helena. Gdansk: Nakl. Autorki, 1996. 410 p. Photos, bibliography, index. (1st edition was titled “Ponary: Wilenska Golgota”, Sopot, 1993).
OIN Call Number: A1120
OCLC: 428152237

The work describes the largest site of mass extermination on the eastern borders of pre-war Poland (Kresy Wschodnie)-Ponary, near Vilnius, for years 1941-1944. On this site were murdered thousands of persons, mostly citizens of Poland, living in the Vilnius region. The book was prepared on the basis of archival materials, information gathered from memoirs, and on the basis of personal recollections of witnesses and victims’ families. Much of the work is devoted to biographical issues-brief bios, or basic data on the Poles killed at Ponary. The book contains numerous facsimiles of documents, a detailed bibliography, and a name index.

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Mass Murder and Terror in the USSR and in the Territories under Soviet Occupation  

Indeks represjonowanych 

Warszawa: Osrodek Karta.
OIN Call Number: A 1072, 1113, 1114, 1116-1119.

Vol. 1: Rozstrzelani w Katyniu: Alphabetical list of 4410 polish prisoners of war from Kozielsk, shot in April-May 1940, according to Soviet, Polish, and German sources. 1995. 286 p.

Vol. 2: Rozstrzelani w Charkowie. Alphabetical list of 3739 prisoners of war Starobielsk shot in June-May 1940. Based on Soviet and Polish sources. 1996. 245 p.

Vol. 3 Rozstrzelani w Twerze. Alphabetical list of 6314 Polish prisoners of war from Ostaszkow, shot in April-May 1940 and buried in Mednoe. Based on Soviet and Polish sources. 1997. 344 p.

Vol. 4 Uwiezieni w Borowiczach. Alphabetical listings of 5795 Poles and Polish citizens of other nationalities imprisoned in the NKVD prison camp no. 270 in Borowicze, in the years 1944-1949. Centrum Przechowywania Zbiorow Historyczno-Dokumentalnych, Moscow: Osrodek Badan, Informacji i Upowszechniania (NIPC); Moscow: “Memorial”, Warszawa: Osrodek Karta., 1997, 336 p.

Vol. 5 Jency w Griazowcu i Suzdalu. Alphabetical lists of 3640 prisoners of war, imprisoned in 1939, Poles and Polish citizens of other nationalities, held in the Soviet camps in Griazovets and Suzdal. Centralne Archiwum Wojskowe; Osrodek Karta, 1998, 228 p.

Vol. 6 Aresztowani w rejonie Lwowa i Drohobycza. Alphabetical lists of 5822 Polish citizens arrested by the NKVD in the area of Lviv and Drohobych in the years 1939-1941. Panstwowe Archiwum Sluzby Bezpieczenstwa Ukrainy; Centralne Archiwum Ministerstwa Spraw Wewnetrznych i Administracji RP; Osrodek Karta. 1998, 368 p.

Vol. 7. Uwiezieni w Stalinogorsku. Alphabetical lists of 6326 Polish citizens imprisoned in the NKVD/MVD transition camp nr. 283 and POW camp nr. 388 in Stalinogorsk, in years 1944-1950. Moskwa: Centrum Przechowywania Zbiorow Historyczno-Dokumentalnych; Vilnius: Centrum Badan nad Ludobojstwem i Ruchem Oporu Mieszkancow Litwy; Moscow: “Memorial”, Warsaw: Osrodek Karta, Warszawa, 1999, 390 p.

Vol. 8. Uwiezieni w Donbasie i pod Saratowem. Alphabetical list of 4782 persons transported in 1945 from Vilnius to NKVD/ MVD transition camps nr. 240 in Donbas, and nr. 0321 near Saratov. Moskwa: Centrum Przechowywania Zbiorow Historyczno-Dokumentalnych, Vilnius: Centrum Badan nad Ludobojstwem i Ruchem Oporu Mieszkancow Litwy, Moskwa: Memorial, Warszawa: Osrodek Karta, 1999, 308 p.

Vol. 9 Jency zmarli i zaginieni. Alphabetical list of 457 prosoners of war, taken prisoner in 1939, Poles and Polish citizens who perished in NKVD camps in years 1939-1941, and the 1328 who went missing during the evacuation of the Lviv camp in the summer of 1941. Centralne Archiwum Wojskowe; Osrodek Karta, 1999, 117 p.

Publisher’s note: Indeks Represjonowanych initiated in 1988, was a social movement of sorts, which aimed to collect the scattered knowledge on Polish citizens persecuted in the USSR and under Soviet occupation. The information, collected mainly via surveys, came from those who survived the camps, as well as the families of those who perished. Other sources were documents, often incomplete and accidentally acquired. In time we gained access to more extensive data, mostly Soviet ones, and thanks to the computerized databases, we were able to verify the bios, and finally to create a true index.” Since 1977, Indeks represjonowanych is the research program, under the auspices of the Polish Ministry of Justice.


Leon Piskorski, Eugeniusz Wolski, eds. Sankt Petersburg: Rada Ochrony Pamieci Walk i Meczenstwa, 1995. 172 p. Index.
OIN Call Number: A 1026.

The book contains a list of approx. 1000 Poles – victims of communism, shot in 1937, buried near Levashovo (St. Petersburg). Persons included in the list are those who during the interrogation admitted to being of Polish nationality. The volume was prepared on the basis of a list of names, victims of UNKVD (Leningrad region), and the Committee of the NKVD and the Prokuratura SSSR, shot and posthumously rehabilitated, published from Jan 1, 1990— June 15, 1995, in the newspeper “Vechernii Peterburg” (earlier “Vechernii Leningrad”).


Spod Monte Cassino na Sybir: deportacje bylych zolnierzy Polskich Sil Zbrojnych na Zachodzie z Bialorusi, Litwy i Ukrainy w 1951 roku

Przemyslaw P. Romaniuk, ed. Warszawa: Centralne Archiwum Ministerstwa Spraw Wewnetrznych i Administracji, 1998. 299 p. photos, bibliography, index of persons.
OIN Call Number: A1123.
OCLC: 44063077

The book contains bios of soldiers of Polskie Sily Zbrojne (Polish Armed Forces), who after returning from Monte Cassino to their homes in Belorussia, Lithuania, and Ukraine were sent, together with their families, to Siberia. The bios were based on archival materials and source literature. The authors tried to include in each bio: basic personal data, military career, information on repeat Siberia exile, or possible repatriation to Poland, sources used. The book deals with 888 soldiers sent to Siberia from Soviet Belorussia, 40 from Soviet Lithuania, 19 from Soviet Ukraine. The book contains a bibliography and a name index.



Lista Katynska: jency obozow Kozielsk, Ostaszkow, Starobielsk zaginieni w Rosji Sowieckiej

Moszynski, Adam. London, 1949. [later London editions-ed. 4 London: “Gryf”, 1982 reprint–Warszawa: “Omnipress”; Polskie Towarzystwo Historyczne, 1989. 336 p.)
B39188 II
U of I Library Call Number: Main Stacks 940.94056 M85L

The first attempt at compiling a list of Katyn massacre victims, including 5309 prisoners from the camp in Kozielsk, 1260 from Ostaszkow, and 3319 from Starobielsk. The authors were unable to identify approx. 5600 murdered prisoners (mostly from Ostaszkow).


Katyn: Lista ofiar i zaginionych jencow obozow Kozielsk, Ostaszkow, Starobielsk

Andrzej Leszek Sczesniak (ed.). Warszawa: Wydawnictwa Alfa, 1989, 364 p.
OIN Call Number: A 1060.

The first book on this national tragedy published in Poland. The first part gives the names of the victims identified in mass graves of the Katyn woods. The second part includes names of the remaining prisoners of Kozielsk, who were not identified in Katyn, and full lists of the Starobielsk and Ostaszkow camps.


Tragedia katynska: polscy inzynierowie i technicy, jency obozow Kozielska, Starobielska i Ostaszkowa-straceni w Katyniu i innych miejscach zaglady 

Tadeusz Skarzynski, ed. Warszawa: Red. Slownika Biograficznego Technikow Polskich, 1990, 70 p.
OIN Call Number: A 1065

The main part of the work is comprised of a three-part list of the murdered prisoners of Kozielsk, Ostaszkow, and Starobielsk. It is preceded by a chapter entitled “In Place of a Foreword” (Zamiast wstepu) containing documents connected with the Katyn tragedy. The book is closed by a list of prisoners, who unexpectadely escaped death, as well as a supplement containing corrections, addendums, and information on victims hitherto unknown.


Katyn w albumach rodzinnych. Stowarzyszenie “Katyn” w Szczecinie

Wolagiewicz, Ryszard. Szczecin 1991, 379 p. Photos, bibliography, name index.
OIN Call Number: A 1089

The book consists of two parts: a “Memorial List” (Lista pamieci), and an introduction discussing the current problems of the research on the fate of the Polish POWs and their families in the USSR. The list contains 243 bios of prisoners of Kozielsk, Ostaszkow, and Starobielsk, and the missing ones, whose families have settled in Szczecin after the war. The list entries include: name, date and place of birth, names of parents, profession, military unit, address, information on letters sent from the camp, fate of the family, searches, sources.


Nowosadecka lista katynska: Sadeczanie i oficerowie 1 pulku strzelcow podhalanskich, jency obozow w Kozielsku, Ostaszkowie i Starobielsku pomordowani w Rosji Sowieckiej.

Giza, Jerzy.Krakow: Oficyna Literacka, 1991. 134 p., photos, facsimiles.
OIN Call Number: A 1095

The book is divided into three parts, corresponding to the three prison camps in Kozielsk, Ostaszkow, Starobielsk. It contains bios of 100 prisoners born in Nowy Sacz ,or on the territory of the former powiat sadecki, or who (as officers of the reserve) worked in the Nowy Sacz region (Saedcczyzna), or who served in the 1 pulk strzelcow podhalanskich in Nowy Sacz.


Symbol Katynia: zaolzianskie ofiary obozow i wiezien w ZSRR

Borak, Mecislav. (translated from the Czech, Otylia Tobola). Czeski Cieszyn, 1991, 203 p. Bibliography, indices.
OIN Call Number: A 1100

The main part of the book consists of lists of victims (a total of 270 names), victims of Soviet prison camps and prisons, who were born, or during the beginning of the war resided on the territory of today’s Czech Republic, Slovakia, or in Cieszyn (regardless of which side of the border). The names are arranged in alphabetical order, in five separate lists, by place of death: Kozielsk-Katyn, Starobielsk-Kharkiv, Ostaszkow-Mednoe, other places of death, and two other lists: Missing Persons, and Unsolved Cases. Each bio is accompanied by the source of information and the literature consulted.

Listy katynskiej ciag dalszy: straceni na Ukrainie: lista obywateli polskich zamordowanych na Ukrainie na podstawie decyzji Biura Politycznego WKP(b) i naczelnych wladz panstwowych ZSRR z 5 marca 1940

Marek Tarczynski (ed.). Niezalezny Komitet Historyczny Badania Zbrodni Katynskiej; Polska Fundacja Katynska; Centralna Biblioteka Wojskowa. Warszawa: Zeszyty Katynskie, 1994, 114 p. (Zeszyty Katynskie ; nr. 4).
OIN Call Number: A 1070.

The book contains an alphabetical list of 3435 names of Polish citizens murdered in the Ukraine on the basis of the decision of the Politburo of the VKP(b) and the Soviet government, on March 5 1940. The list provides: name, father’s name, date of birth, prison number. The list was based on the prison documents found in the KGB archives.

Pokoj wam: ocalic od zapomnienia

Zajac, Stanislaw. Krakow: Dowodztwo Krakowskiego Okregu Wojskowego, 1994. 454 p., photographs, facsimiles, bibliography.
OIN Call Number: A 1084.

The main part of the book contains 158 bios of the victim of the Katyn crime. The work was based on oral and written accounts of family members, personal documents found in the Centralne Archiwum Wojskowe, monographic works.


Lubelska lista katynska 

Adam Winiarz (ed.) Lublin: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Marii Curie-Sklodowskiej, 1977. 427 p., photos, name index.
OIN Call Number: A 1090

The book contains 260 bios of persons connected with the Lublin region, imprisoned in the camps of Kozielsk, Ostaszkow, Starobielsk, and those murdered in locations hitherto undisclosed. Archival sources, family archive materials, research of previously published materials, written and verbal testimonials of friends and family, and questionnaries were used as the basis for writing the biographical notes. Each entry contains name, army or police rank, information regarding professional career and military service (up till 1939 and during the October 1939 campaign), information regarding personal life, place and circumstances of being arrested by the Soviets, information on the stay in prison camp, place of execution, fates of the closest family. Sources of information are listed for each bio.

Biogramy jencow: Kozielsk, Starobielsk, Ostaszkow, Ukraina, zaginieni/ Stowarzyszenie “Dolnoslaska Rodzina Katynska”.

Milulski, Teofil. Wroclaw: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Wroclawskiego, 1999. 574 p., photos, name indexes.
OIN Call Number: A1066

The book contains over 400 bios of prisoners murdered by the NKVD in Kozielsk, Starobielsk, Ostaszkow, in the Ukraine, and places yet undiscovered. The victims’ families were members of the group “Dolnoslaska Rodzina Katynska.” The bios were prepared on the basis of the information given by the families, preserved documents and artifacts. The facts were verified in existing materials. Every entry lists the sources used in its compilation.


Katynska lista strat polskich formacji granicznych: zolnierze Korpusu Ochrony Pograniczai funkcjonariusze strazy granicznej pomordowani i zaginieni na wschodzie na przelomie lat 1939/1940

Rubas, Miroslaw Jan.Warszawa: Komenda Glowna Strazy Granicznej, 2000. 238 p., photos, bibliography, indexes.
OIN Call Number: A 1074

The publication contains a list of 737 names of soldiers of the Korpus Ochrony Pogranicza and the members of the Straz Graniczna, murdered in 1940 in the prisons of Kozielsk, Ostaszkow, Starobielsk, the Ukraine, and those who after their arrest by the Soviets, disappeared without a trace. The entries provide: name, parents’ names, place of service, rank, information regarding civilian profession (in the cases of reservists)place of death, information on documents and artifacts found near the bodies during the exhumation in 1943, sources used. The book includes a bibliography, a geographical and personal name indexes.


Katyn, Lista ofiar: Augustow, Sejny, Suwalki. Krzysztof Sklodowski, Wojciech Batura 

(eds.). Suwalki, Bialystok: Muzeum Okregowe w Suwalkach, Augustowsko-Suwalskie Towarzystwo Naukowe, 2000. 69p., photos.
OIN Call Number: A 1076.

The book contains 174 biographies of prisoners of war hailing from the Suwalki, Augustow, Sejny regions, and who perished in the camps of Kozielsk, Ostaszkow, Starobielsk. The list was based on different types of lists kept by the camps, accounts of families, and historical works. The bios contain name, date and place of birth, military rank, last military post and information on the military career, education, profession, additional information, name of prison camp.

See also: Ostatnia wachta; Lista ostaszkowska.


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Losses of Polish Culture


Straty kultury polskiej 1939-1944.

Adam Ordega [pseudonym of Jan Hulewicz] and Tymon Terlecki, (eds.) Vols. 1-2. Glasgow: Ksiaznica Polska, 1945. 570 + 560 pp. , index.
OIN Call Number: A 1030

Volume I contains 42 biographical essays, while vol. II contains 37. Included in the work are Polish cultural figures, who perished in the years 1939-1944. The material was grouped into sections: scientists, writers and journalists, sculptors and painters, actors, persons generally associated with cultural life. The second volume contains a list of persons associated with Polish culture, who died in years 1939-1944-first such post-war attempt. The list contains over 500 names, and was compiled mainly based on the official reports of the Delegatura Rzadu Polskiego w Kraju. The list is divided in the same sections as the biographical notes (in the section “Scientists” there is an added subdivision by institution). Each volume contains index of persons and of geographical names.

Lista strat kultury polskiej (1 IX 1939-1 III 1946).

Olszewicz, Boleslaw. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo S. Arcta, 1947. 336 p., bibliography.
OIN Call Number: A 1035; Oddzial Rekopisow.
U of I Library Call Number: Oak Street Facility 940.94056 OL2L

This alphabetical list contains approx. 4400 persons who died between October 1 1939 and March 1 1946. Included are persons who were considered important for Polish culture, such as: scientists, artists, literary figures, social and political luminaries, etc. Entries include: name, date of birth, profession and field of activity, date, place, and circumstances of death. The work includes bibliographies of Polish losses in the years 1939-1946 (general, regional, by social group and profession).


Straty osobowe i materialne kultury w Wielkopolsce w latach II wojny swiatowej

Rutkowska, Maria. Warszawa: PWN, 1984. 152 p. (Series: Biblioteka Kroniki Wielkopolski).
U of I Library Call Number: Oak Street Facility 940.53438 R937S

The book contains 227 bios of people involved in the cultural life of the Wielkopolska region (i.e. Wojewodztwo Poznanskie as territorially defined in 1938), who perished during the war and the German occupation. (October 1939-February 1945). The entries include the following: name, date and place of birth, profession, place of employment, short description of their creative activity, information regarding the circumstances, place, and date of death. The bios are separated by profession: Scientists, Writers, literary figures, journalists, etc. Each group is arranged alphabetically. The sources used for the compilation are discussed at length in the main body of the work.


Lista strat kultury polskiej 1939-1945. Vol. 1

Kunert, Andrzej Krzysztof. Warszawa, Biblioteka Narodowa, 1998. 251 pp, facsimiles.
OIN Call Number: A 1034
U of I Library Call Number: Main Stacks 305.55209438 K962l

The book contains biographical material on 49 members of Polish cultural elite who died in the years 1939-1945. The entries contain a short biographical sketch and reprints of material published in the Polish émigré press, devoted to the particular person.

Note: An attempt at compiling a bibliography of publications published up to 1946, and regarding deaths of Poles in the years 1939-1946 is contained in a book by Boleslaw Olszewicz, Lista strat kultury polskiej (1 IX 1939-1 III 1946). Warszawa, Wydawnictwo S. Arcta, 1947, pp. XI-XIII.

Architects (see also Artists)

Mrowczynski, T. Lista strat polskich architektow w wojnie swiatowej 1939-1945. “Komunikat SARP” , 1979:8-9.



Pamieci artystow plastykow zmarlych w czasie wojny 1939-1945. Biuletyn Zwiazku Polskich Artystow Plastykow nr specjalny w 25 rocznice zwyciestwa nad faszyzmem pod red. Armanda Vetulaniego.

Janowska, Janina. Warszawa: 1970.
Jagiellonian Call Number: 405773 II 1970

The special issue consists of a list of 500 persons and their brief bios (20 additional names are included in an addendum, without any biographical information). Included are Polish artists who lost their lives in the years 1939-1945


Losy polskich srodowisk artystycznych w latach 1939-1945: architektura, sztuki plastyczne, muzyka i teatr: problemy metodologiczne strat osobowych.

Rutowska, Maria. Serwanski, Edward. Poznan: Instytut Zachodni, 1987. 146 p. (Series: Prace Instytutu Zachodniego, 49).
OIN Call Number: M 170
U of I Library Call Number: Main Stacks 943.8052 R937L

Contains a bibliography and a name index. The first attempt to present in one publication the personnel losses of four groups: architects, painters and sculptors, actors, and musicians. Four separate subsections list the names by the circumstances of death: death by natural causes, perished during the war, concentration camps, prisons and arrests, ghettos and death camps, executions, circumstances unknown. Within each group there is a division into generations: first discussed are persons born after 1860, then those born after 1880, finally those born after 1900. The work contains an alphabetical index of names.



Rutowska, Maria. Lista strat osobowych bibliotekarstwa polskiego w czasie II wojny swiatowej. Przeglad Biblioteczny , 1981, z. 2, pp. 177-192.

Czytelnia Glowna, call number: C?
U of I Library Call Number: Oak Street Facility 020.5 PRZ

The list registers 168 names of librarians-victims of war and the Nazi terror. It includes employees of various types of libraries, from the largest to the smallest ones, working both in Poland and abroad, and who died between 1 September 1939 and 8 May 1945. The bios include: name, date and place of birth, profession (beside being a librarian), education, library career data, activity not connected to library work, circumstances, date and place of death.



Hajduk, Ryszard. Ziemba, Stanislaw. Lista strat dziennikarstwa polskiego na Slasku z lat 1939-1945. [in:] Materialy pomocnicze do historii dziennikarstwa Polski Ludowej. Z 2 .

Alina Slomkowska (ed.).
Warszawa: Instytut Dziennikarstwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, 1973. Pp. 196-207.
Jagiellonian Call Number: 420184I2

The first attempt at compiling a list of the personnel losses of journalists in Silesia during the Nazi occupation. Contains 64 biographies, arranged alphabetically.


Martyrologium polskiego duchowienstwa rzymskokatolickiego pod okupacja hitlerowska w latach, 1939-1945.

Jacewicz, Wiktor. Wos, Jan.Warszawa: Akademia Teologii Katolickiej.

  • Zeszyt 1: Straty osobowe, 1977. 341 p. contains index.
  • Zeszyt 2: Wykaz duchownych zmarlych, zamordowanych lub represjonowanych przez okupanta w diecezjach: chelminskiej, czestochowskiej, lomzynskiej, lodzkiej i plockiej oraz archidiecezji warszawskiej . 1977. 423 pp.
  • Zeszyt 3: Wykaz duchownych zmarlych, zamordowanych lub represjonowanych przez okupanta w archidiecezjach: gnieznienskiej, krakowskiej i lwowskiej oraz w diecezjach: katowickiej, kieleckiej, lubelskiej i w obozie koncentracyjnym w Oswiecimiu . 1978, 486 pp. Conains index.
  • Zeszyt 4: Wykaz duchownych zmarlych, zamordowanych lub represjonowanych przez okupanta w archidiecezjach: mohylowskiej, poznanskiej i wilenskiej oraz w diecezjach: gdanskiej, kamienieckiej, luckiej, pinskiej, przemyskiej, sandomierskiej, siedleckiej, tarnowskiej, warminskiej, wloclawskiej, w pralaturze pilskiej i wsrod duszpasterstwa polonijnego. 1978. 588 p. Contains index.
  • Zeszyt 5: Zakony i zgromadzenia zakonne meskie i zenskie . 1981. 815 pp. Contains index.

OIN Call Number: F1720

The work is an attempt to present a complete picture of the personnel losses of the Polish Roman Catholic clergy, based on all currently available documents, publications, memoirs, etc. Included are all persons who perished during WW II due to: terror of the occupying forces, extermination campaigns, direct participation in combat, military events and the accompanying circumstances, exhaustion of organism after being subjected to terror, infection with disease as a result of being incarcerated in a prison camp or prison, purposeful infection for the purpose of medical experimentation. Included are also persons missing, and all those who were affected by the terror of the occupying forces but managed to survive.

Zeszyt 1 contains information who died, Zeszyt 2-5 contain the names of those who perished and who survived. The bios or priests and clerics are arranged by diocese (within each diocese alphabetically by name); the entries for members of male and female orders are arranged by order (within each order alphabetically by name). Each entry contains name, name used within the order, date and place of birth, date of ordainment or entering the order, rank and functions, date of arrest and places of imprisonment, date of liberation or date of death.


Polscy ksieza katoliccy w wiezieniach i lagrach sowieckich od 1918.

Madala, Tadeusz. Lublin: Retro, 1996. 186 p.
OIN Call Number: F1721

The work contains biographical notes on Polish Catholic priests, ordained up to the end of 1946, who were murdered and imprisoned by the Soviets after 1917. The priests included hail from the part of the Mohylow archdiocese which remained within Soviet borders after 1917, large parts of the Lviv, Vilnius, and also the Warsaw archidiocese, and the Plock, Wloclawek, Siedlce and Lublin dioceses.

The entries contain the following information: name, name used within the order, name of order, date and place of birth, names of parents, parents’ profession, parents’ social class, education, date and place of completing the seminary education (or date of taking the vows), place of employment, position within the church hierarchy, work and achievements outside of the church, reason for, time, place and circumstances of the arrest (or execution), details of the trial and time spent in prisons and concentration camps, date of liberation, life and work after liberation, church and state Decorations, date and place of death. Each bio is accompanied by a list of sources used.


Tymowski, Stanislaw Janusz. Czesciowy wykaz strat wojennych srodowiska mierniczego w okresie 1939-1945. [in:] Zarys historii organizacji spolecznych geodetow polskich 

Warszawa: Panstwowe Przedsiebiorstwo Wydawnictw Kartograficznych, 1970. Pp. 152-176.
Jagiellonian Call Number: 658574 II

A compilation of 385 bios of geodesists who perished in the years 1939-1945. The list includes names, dates of birth and death, education, positions held, military rank, circumstances of death.



Lista oficerow i pracownikow cywilnych Wojskowego Instytutu Geograficznego zmarlych, poleglych i zaginionych w latach 1939-1945. Wiadomosci Sluzby Geograficznej. , 1948, z. 1, pp. 5-6.

Jagiellonian Call Number: 102765 II Mag. Oddz. Katogr.



Pamieci pracownikow i czlonkow Polskiego Towarzystwa Historycznego zmarlych, zamordowanych i zameczonych przez wroga w obozach smierci w latach 1939-1945. Kwartalnik Historyczny

R. 53: 1939/1945. Pp. 405-686. Czytelnia Glowna Call Number: E 2245.
U of I Library Call Number: Main Stacks 905 KW

The work includes 76 biograms of members and employees of the Polskie Towarzystwo Historyczne, who lost their lives in the years 1939-1945.


Historians of art, conservators of art, musicologists

Walicki, M. Po wojnie: [bilans strat osobowych w zakresie prac naukowych historykow sztuki, konserwatorow i muzeologow]. Biuletyn Historii Sztuki i Kultury , 1946, nr. 1, pp. 1-5.

Jagiellonian Call Number: Czytelnia Glowna H 246

Alphabetical listing of 62 historians of art, conservators of art, museologists, who died in combat, killed in prison, or vanished without a trace in the years 1939-1945.


Forest rangers

Zareba, Ryszard. Martyrologia lesnikow polskich [in:] Lesnictwo polskie w czasie drugiej wojny swiatowej.

Warszawa: Panstwowe Wydawnictwo Rolnicze i Lesne, 1967. Pp. 253-295.

The bulk of the publication is taken up by the list of 630 forest rangers who died during WW II. The list is divided according to the circumstances of death: rangers murdered in the place of work or home, rangers killed in concentration camps, POW camps, or prisons; those who died due to different circumstances caused by the war, those who died in combat, rangers murdered by various bands, those who died of natural causes. Within each part the names are arranged alphabetically. Each entry includes: name, age, place of employment and position held, date of death.


Zyciorysy absolwentow i studentow lesnikow Uniwersytetu Poznanskiego poleglych i zmarlych w latach 1939-1945.

Sokolowski, Waclaw. Poznan: AR. Kolo Naukowe Lesnikow, 1986. 39 p.
Jagiellonian Call Number: 888106 II

The list gives in alphabetical order 66 bios of forest rangers-graduates and students of the Uniwersytet Poznanski, who died in the years 1939-1945. Each biography lists sources used. This work contains a bibliography.



Ostatnia wachta: Mokrany, Katyn, Charkow…

Jerzy Przybylski (ed.). Dowodztwo Marynarki Wojennej; Muzeum Marynarki Wojennej. Gdynia: Muzeum Marynarki Wojennej, 2000. 177p.

The book contains 74 bios of Polish sailors of all ranks, who were murdered or have gone missing in the Soviet camps of Mokrany, Katyn, Kharkiv. The bios list sources used in the compilation of the entry.


Musicians (see also Theater) 

Straty osobowe polskiego srodowiska muzycznego w latach 1939-1945.

Rutowska, Maria. Serwanski, Edward. Warszawa: Ministerstwo Sprawiedliwosci. Glowna Komisja Badania Zbrodni Hitlerowskich w Polsce, 1977. 53 p.
Jagiellonian Call Number: 768662 II

The work registers the losses of the music milieu, and contains 230 bios of persons who from October 1939 until May 1945 died for different reasons, including natural ones. The entries contain: name, date and place of birth, profession and position held, career details, history of imprisonment, date and place of death. The register is arranged alphabetically.


Fuks M. “Straty osobowe zydowskiego srodowiska muzycznego”, Biuletyn Zydowskiego Instytutu Historycznego w Polsce , 1978, nr. 3//4. Pp. 121-138.

Jagiellonian Call Number: 405475 II 1978
U of I Library Call Number: Oak Street Facility 325.25693 Z99

In the attachment to the article there is a “Lista strat srodowiska muzycznego Zydow i osob pochodzenia zydowskiego, zamordowanych lub zmarlych w gettach i obozach zaglady (1939-1945).” The list contains 207 names in alphabetical order.



Nauczyciele slascy polegli i zamordowani w latach hitlerowskiej okupacji: ksiega pamiatkowa.

Kedryna, Szymon; Szefer, Andrzej. Katowice: Slaski Instytut Naukowy; Zarzad Okregu ZNP w Katowicach, 1971. 122 p. photographs (Series: Zeszty Naukowe / Slaski Instytut Naukowy nr. 39).
Jagiellonian Call Number: 410075 I 39
U of I Library Call Number: Oak Street Facility 940.5405 K238N

The book contains 530 bios of teachers who worked in the area of the Katowice voivodship (in its 1970 boundaries) and Zaolzie region, who perished during the German occupation. The entries contain: name, date and place of birth, place of work, date and place of arrest and death. The arrangement is alphabetical.


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Jalmuzna, Tadeusz Stanislaw. ” Martyrologia nauczycieli wojewodztwa lodzkiego w latach okupacji hitlerowskiej (1939-1945) “. Rocznik Lodzki R.16: 1972. Pp. 323-388

Jagiellonian Call Number: 102742 III 1972
U of I Library Call Number: Main Stacks 943.8 R5995

The book illustrates the losses of the teachers milieu of the Lodz voivodship (in its postwar boundaries). It lists 400 names in five tables. The tables show: teachers killed in concentration camps and killed in the war; those arrested and sent to concentration camps; teachers sent to forced labor camps; exiled teachers, and teachers who went into hiding. The material in each table is divided by powiat, and within that division the names are arranged alphabetically.


Nauczyciele wielkopolscy w latach wojny i okupacji (1939-1945).

Walczak, Marian. Poznan: Instytut Zachodni, 1974. 202 pages, photographs, facsimiles, bibliography. (Series: Badania nad okupacja niemiecka w Polsce ;nr. 13).
Jagiellonian Call Number: 722461 II
U of I Library Call Number: Oak Street Facility 370.9438 W14N

The fourth volume of the book Ksiega strat nauczycielstwa wielkopolskiego, pp. 101-184. Included are 902 bios of teachers working in the Poznan voivodship, who perished during the war and occupation of 1939-1945. The bios include: name, date of birth, place of employment and position held in 1939, social work details, information regarding the circumstances of arrest, imprisonment, and death. The entries are arranged alphabetically. Included is also an index of names, arranged by powiat (within each powiat-alphabetically).


Straty osobowe polskiego srodowiska nauczycielskiego w okresie wojny i okupacji hitlerowskiej 1939-1945.

Walczak, Marian. Warszawa: Ministerstwo Sprawiedliwosci. Glowna Komisja Badania Zbrodni Hitlerowskich w Polsce, 1984. 431 p.
Jagiellonian Call Number: 853143 II

Included in the work are 7000 biographical notes of teachers, who perished during the war and occupation. The bios include the following information: name, date and place of birth, education, place of employment during the school year 1938 / 1939 and during the occupation, social and political activity prior to the war and during the occupation, date, place, and circumstances of death. The material is arranged by voivodship (city of Warsaw, bialostockie, kieleckie, krakowskie, lubelskie, lodzkie, pomorskie, poznanskie, slaskie, warszawskie). The division is further split by powiat, and within those the names are given alphabetically. There is no cumulative alphabetical index.


Martyrologia nauczycieli polskich na Bialostocczyznie w latach 1939 i 1941-1944.

Januszek, Franciszek. Bialystok: Dzial Wydawnictw Filii UW w Bialymstoku, 1985. (Series: Rozprawy Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, nr. 284). 344 p., map, bibliography, index.
Jagiellonian Call Number: 875507
U of I Library Call Number: Main Stacks 943.8053 J268M

The work focuses on teachers (regardless of ethnic origins) employed in Polish schools of the Bialostockie voivodship (in its borders of May 1975) on the eve of WW II, and who fell victim to the Nazi terror. The work is divided into chapters according to the circumstances of death (executions, prisons and concentration camps, etc.). The work contains an alphabetical index of 842 teachers, who are mentioned in the text.

Dzialalnosc oswiatowa i martyrologia nauczycielstwa polskiego pod okupacja hitlerowska 1939-1945.

Walczak, Marian. Polskie Towarzystwo Pedagogiczne. Warszawa: ZniO, 1987. 531 p. map, bibliography.
OIN Call Number: G 990
U of I Library Call Number: Oak Street Facility 940.5337 W142D

On pages 321-503 the book gives a list of victims (“Lista ofiar”), which contains 8520 names of Polish teachers who perished in the war and occupation of 1939-1945. The list is arranged by voivodship and powiat (in the borders defined before October 1939). Within sections the list is arranged alphabetically. The bios include the following information: name, place of employment before the start of the war, professional position held, circumstances, place, and date of death. The introduction sums up the results of research on the losses among the teachers.

Nauczyciele w okupowanym Krakowie 1939-1945.

Chrobaczynski, Jacek. Krakow: Wydawnictwo Naukowe WSP, 1989. 279 p., photographs, map., bibliography. (Series: Prace Monograficzne Wyzszej Szkoly Pedagogicznej w Krakowie, t. 96.).
OIN Call Number: U518a
U of I Library Call Number: Main Stacks 943.86 C468N

The book, besides a historical sketch, contains a sizeable (several hundred names) biographical dictionary of Krakow teachers-victims of war, soldiers, underground fighters, teachers in underground schools.


Ludzie nauki i nauczyciele podczas II wojny swiatowej: ksiega strat osobowych.

Walczak, Marian.Warszawa: Polskie Towarzystwo Pedagogiczne, 1995. 822 p.
OIN Call Number: E 374

The book presents the losses in the scientific and educational milieu. Included are Polish citizens working in educational institutions of all types, in teaching, administrative, and supporting positions. The criteria for including a person in the list were: employment in educational and scientific institutions prior to October 1939, and during the war. The work was created on the basis of source materials gathered in various state and local archives, monographic publications and articles, correspondence with the families of the victims. The biographical entries contain: name, place and date of birth, titles, social and scientific activity, underground an official activity during the occupation, details of arrest, imprisonment, death. The bios, numbering over ten thousand, are arranged alphabetically, separately for the research and scientific community, and the educators. The introduction lists archival materials and publications, containing data on the losses of larger groups and single persons from the scientific and education communities from different regions of the country, various schools and research institutions.


Slownik biograficzny nauczycieli w Malopolsce w latach II wojny swiatowej (1939-1945): ofiary wojny, zolnierze, dzialacze konspiracyjni, nauczyciele w jawnym i tajnym szkolnictwie .

Jacek Chrobaczynski (ed.). Krakow: Wydawnictwo Naukowe WSP, 1995. 584 p.
OIN Call Number: G137.

This work is a biographical dictionary of the teachers of the Malopolska region, both those who perished in and those who survived the war. The bios include: name, date of birth, date of death (only if the person died during the war), education, professional career, fate during the war and occupation, life after the war. The entries are arranged geographically-by powiat, and within those alphabetically by name. There is no cumulative name index.



Straty wsrod pisarzy polskich (literatow, publicystow, dziennikarzy i redaktorow) w czasie II wojny swiatowej i okupacji hitlerowskiej 1939-1945.

Rutkowska, Maria. Serwanski, Edward. Warszawa: Ministerstwo Sprawiedliwosci. Glowna Komisja Badania Zbrodni Hitlerowskich w Polsce, 1980. 96 p. Bibliography.
OIN Call Number: H?

The list includes 576 bios of Polish writers and journalists, who died in the years 1939-1945, both those killed by the Nazis, and those who died of natural causes. The bios include: name, date and place of birth, profession and position held, literary or journalistic output, social and political activity, fate during war and occupation, date and place of death. The list is arranged alphabetically. The book contains a list of used sources and literature.



Lista ostaszkowska: spis polskich policjantow i funkcjonariuszy sluzb granicznych zamordowanych i zaginionych po 1 wrzesnia 1939 roku.

Andrzej Misiuk (ed.). Szczytno: Wydawnictwo Wyzszej Szkoly Policji, 1993. 255p. map.
OIN Call Number: A 1075

The work contains names of policemen murdered, and gone missing during WW II, and those who survived Nazi and Soviet concentration camps. The title – “Lista ostaszkowska” — has a symbolic meaning, since the Ostaszkow camp held the largest number of Polish policemen, soldiers of the Korpus Ochrony Pogranicza, Straz Graniczna, and the officers of the Sluzba Wiezienna. Included are:

  • a list of 6494 names of prisons of the Ostaszkow camp , who in the spring of 1940 were murdered in Kalinin (Tver) and buried in Mednoe.
  • a list of 615 persons imprisoned or murdered, who were not included on the exit lists to Kalinin (Tver), those imprisoned in other Soviet or Nazi camps or prisons
  • a list of 831 officers who perished in unexplained circumstances
  • a list of 66 policemen who survived the war

Each entry includes: name, year of birth, father’s first name, rank, type of unit, place of work and position held, circumstances of death.



Szkolnictwo wyzsze i nauka polska w latach wojny i okupacji 1939-1945.

Walczak, Marian. PAN. Wydzial Nauk Spolecznych. Wroclaw: ZniO, 1978.

The list contains 641 bios of scientists killed and those who died of natural causes in the years 1939-1945.


Losy polskich pracownikow nauki w latach 1939-1945: straty osobowe.

Bolewski, Andrzej. Pierzchala, Henryk. Wroclaw: ZniO, 1989. 750 p. photographs, tables, bibliography, index.
OIN Call Number: E373.

The work contains listings of personnel losses among the members of the Polish scientific institutions: Polska Akademia Umiejetnosci, Akademia Nauk Technicznych, Towarzystwo Naukowe Warszawskie, Towarzystwo Naukowe we Lwowie, as well as professors of Polish universities, who died in the years 1939-1945. Two lists are included:

  • Polish scientists who lost their lives as a result of military action and occupation terror (257 persons).
  • Polish scientists who died during WW II (184 persons)

The bios include: name, scientific title, position held, date of imprisonment, date and circumstances of death, list of sources used.

The book also discusses Polish scientific institutions and universities prior to 1939, the Nazi policy towards Polish science, particularly so-called Sonderaktion Krakau-imprisonment of Krakow scientists). Facsimilies of numerous documents illustrate the book.



Wilski, Z. “Straty osobowe teatru polskiego w okresie 1 IX 1939-8V 1945.” Pamietnik Teatralny R. 12, 1963, z.1//4. Pp. 369-376.

U of I Library Call Number: Main Stacks 792.05 PAM

The list is divided into two groups:

  • actors, singers, dancers (228 names)
  • authors, critics, theatre directors (88 names)

The lists include only name, date and circumstances of death.


Rutowska, Maria. Serwanski, Edward. Straty osobowe polskiego srodowiska teatralnego w latach 1939-1945: (z problematyki martyrologii i eksterminacji inteligencji w czasie II wojny swiatowej i okupacji hitlerowskiej w Polsce). Przeglad Zachodni , R 3: 1976, nr. 1, pp. 60-114.

U of I Library Call Number: Main Stacks 936.705 PR

The list of losses of the Polish theatre milieu in the years 1939-1946 contains 342 biographical notes. Included are actors, soloists of opera or operetta, ballet soloists, directors, stage designers, conductors, literary directors, and theatre directors. The bios contain the following: name, date and place of birth, profession and position held, professional career sketch, social activity, date, place, and circumstances of death. The list is alphabetical. The introduction lists sources used.



Lista strat ziemianstwa polskiego 1939-1956.

Jasiewicz, Krzysztof. Archiwum Wschodnie, Instytut Historii PAN, Instytut Studiow Politycznych PAN.
Warszawa: Pomost; Alfa, 1995. 1200 p. + 319 p. of addendums. Bibliograpy, indexes.
Jagiellonian Call Number: A 1038.

The work defines ‘landowners’ as “the group of owners (and co-owners) of larger tracts of land and their families, former owners (co-owners) and their families, provided they owned the land in the years 1918-1939, as well as renters and administrators and their families, and also persons who despite the lack of the title of ownership, were considered by the landowner milieu as its full-fledged members.” The landowners are listed according to the following categories: killed in combat, murdered, missing, died in Soviet or Nazi prison camps, died in prison, died in exile, etc. The work was based on letters sent to the author, in response to advertisements in Polish and foreign periodicals, as well as memoirs in the collection of Archiwum Wschodnie, archival materials from the Hoover Institution, and manuscript collections of Polish libraries. The data were verified against the existing biographical publications and lists of victims.

The publication includes information on 3737 persons. The entries contain: name, family coat of arms, pseudonyms, dates of birth and death, place of birth, names of parents, mother’s family name, profession, information concerning: education, political activity, military service, Decorations, land holdings, circumstances of death. The bios are accompanied by a list of sources used. The work also contains an index of persons, geographical names, a bibliography, and closing remarks in French, German, English, and Russian.



Wykaz poleglych i zmarlych zolnierzy Polskich Sil Zbrojnych na obczyznie w latach 1939-1946.

London: Instytut Historyczny im. Gen. Sikorskiego, 1952. 370 p. maps.
OIN Call Number: T 401
U of I Library Call Number: Main Stacks 940.5467438 W975

The list contains 15056 names of soldiers of the Polskie Sily Zbrojne na Obczyznie who fell in combat or died in the years 1939-8 September, 1946. The work is divided into 5 main parts: Army, Navy, Air Force, Women in the military, military youth organizations (Junacy). The first part is further subdivided by larger units, military campaigns, territory. Within each division the organization is alphabetical. An addendum contains 727 names of soldiers, who after 1939 were arrested by the Soviets and died on Polish territory, or were imprisoned in the Soviet Union. The entries contain: name, military rank, date and place of birth, date and place of death, information regarding the grave.


Ksiega poleglych na polu chwaly: zolnierze Ludowego Wojska Polskiego polegli, zmarli z ran i zaginieni w czasie drugiej wojny swiatowej w latach 1943-1945.

Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Ministerstwa Obrony Narodowej, 1974. 1015 p., photos, map.
OIN Call Number: T 402.

The work contains 26967 names of the soldiers of Ludowe Wojsko Polskie who died (20, 235) or went missing (6, 732) during WW II in the years 1943-1945. The list was based on the documentation gathered by the Centralne Archiwum Wojskowe. Entries include: name, father’s name, military rank, military unit in which the person served, date place and circumstances of death, references to the documents of the Centralne Archiwum Wojskowe used in the compilation. The names are arranged alphabetically, grouped by circumstance of death: fallen in combat, died of wounds and disease, died in accidents, missing in action.


Straty sposrod kawalerzystow i pancernych z rak sowieckich w II wojnie swiatowej.

Godyn, Zygmunt. London, 1976.


Ksiega lotnikow polskich poleglych, zmarlych i zaginionych 1939-1946.

Cumft, Olgierd; Kujawa, Kazimierz Hubert. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Ministerstwa Obrony Narodowej, 1989. 568 p., photos, map, bibliography.
OIN Call Number: T 403
U of I Library Call Number: Oak Street Facility 940.54409438 C949K

The book provides list of Polish airmen who died in the years 1939-1946. The lists are arranged alphabetically by name, within six parts: Airmen who perished in the 1939 campaign, Airmen who have gone missing after the 1939 campaign, Airmen who died fighting the occupation or were murdered in the years 1940-1945, Airmen who died in France in the years 1939-1940, Airmen of the Polskie Sily Powietrzne who died in the years 1940-1946, Airmen of the Ludowe Wojsko Polskie who fell in the Eastern theatre of operations and in other circumstances. The entries include: name, rank, education, military career, Decorations, date, place and circumstances of death, place of burial.


Ksiega pochowanych zolnierzy polskich poleglych w II wojnie swiatowej .

Edward Pawlowski, ed. Pruszkow: Oficyna Wydawnicza “Ajaks”.

  • Vol 1. Zolnierze wrzesnia . P. 1. A-M. 1993. 496 p. Bibliography
  • Zolnierze wrzesnia P. 2 N-Z. 1993. 385 p. Photos, maps, plans.
  • Vol 2. Zolnierze podziemnych formacji niepodleglosciowych. 1994, 526 p., photos, bibliography.
  • Vol. 3 Zolnierze Polskich Sil Zbrojnych na Zachodzie , 1994. 462 p., photos, plans, bibliography.
  • Vol 4. Zolnierze Wojska Polskiego na Wschodzie . P. 1. A-M. 1995. 398 p., bibliograpy.
  • Zolnierze Wojska Polskiego na Wschodzie P. 2 N-Z. 1995, 400 p., photographs.
  • Vol 5. Polscy jency wojenni i internowani. 1996. 423 p., photographs, plans, bibliogaphy.
  • Suplement. 1998. 347 p. Bibliography.

OIN Call Number: T402 a

The work lists the names of 104, 094 Polish soldiers who fell in combat, died, or were murdered during the war. The supplement lists 15, 641 names of newly-identified soldiers, and in 976 cases various errors evident in foreign publications, have been corrected. Volume one focuses on the soldiers of the October 1939 campaign, volume 2 on soldiers of the underground resistance, volume 3 on the soldiers of the Polish Armed Forces in the West (Polskie Sily Zbrojne na Zachodzie), volume 4 on the soldiers serving in the Polish army fighting alongside the Soviets, and volume 5 deals with the Polish prisoners of war and the interned. For each entry the following information has been provided (where possible): name, date of birth, military rank, unit in which the soldier served, date and place of death, place of burial. The names are arranged alphabetically; in volumes 1-4 the soldiers whose place of burial is known, are listed separately from those buried in unmarked graves.


Ksiega poleglych i pomordowanych zolnierzy Batalionow Chlopskich 1940-1945.

Warszawa: Muzeum Historii Polskiego Ruchu Ludowego, 1995. 445 p. Bibliography, indexes.
OIN Call Number: T 402 b

The book contains 3390 bios of the soldiers of Bataliony Chlopskie, members of Ludowy Zwiazek Kobiet, Zielony Krzyz and Stronnictwo Ludowe “Roch”, who fell in combat or were murdered in the years 1940-1945. The bios include: name, pseudonym, date and place of birth, profession, date and place of death, place of burial, circumstances of death, details of service in Bataliony Chlopskie. The work also includes: organizational flowchart of Bataliony Chlopskie, administrational division of Poland in 1938, indexes of pseudonyms, and geographical names.


Straty korpusu oficerskiego 1939-1945.

Kryska-Karski, Tadeusz. London: Polska Fundacja Kulturalna, 1996. 639 p. Bibliography.
OIN Call Number: T 413

The work contains 18532 bios of officers of Wojsko Polskie, Polskie Sily Zbrojne, and Armia Krajowa, who fell in battle, were executed, and died in the years 1939-1945. Included in the entries are: name, date and place of birth, military rank, last known assignment, date and place of birth, place of burial. The bios are arranged alphabetically.


Wykaz poleglych zolnierzy polskich jednostek wojskowych we Francji w 1940 roku.

Zelenski, Wladyslaw; Citko, Henryk. Paris; Warsaw: Trans-Krak, 2000. 103 p.
OIN Call Number: T 401 c.

The book contains bios of 704 soldiers (mostly serving in 1 Dywizja Grenadierow, 2 Dywizja Strzelcow Pieszych, 10 Brygada Pancerna) who fell in France in 1940. The entries include: name, military rank, unit of service, date and place of birth, name of cemetery and grave number, sources used in creating the entry. The introduction lists publications on Polish soldiers who fell fighting in France.

See also: Drogomir, J. Polegli w Galicji Zachodniej 1914-1915 (1918) in the section “Cemetery Guides”.


Warsaw Uprising

Ksiega poleglych Batalionu AK “Kilinski” w Powstaniu Warszawskim i po jego zakonczeniu w okresie od 1 sierpnia 1944 r. do 9 maja 1945 r. sporzadzona wedlug stanu wiedzy w czerwcu 1987 r.: (dane niepelne).

Edward Mortko (ed.). Warsaw: ZboWiD: Srodowisko Zolnierzy Batalionu AK “Kilinski”, 1987. 39 p. Name index.
Jagiellonian Call Number: 899838 III

The list is arranged by companies which comprised the battalion “Kilinski”. It lists soldiers who fell during the Uprising or died of wounds suffered in combat, those who have gone missing, and those who were murdered by Germans in POW camps, prisons, and concentration camps. The entries include: pseudonym, name, military rank and position held, date of birth, date and place of death. The book includes a list of soldiers exhumed by the Polish Red Cross, for whom it was impossible to establish the unit in which they served.


Jency wojenni-zolnierze Powstania Warszawskiego. Tomasz Labuszewski. (ed.) [in] Wielka ilustrowana encyklopedia Powstania Warszawskiego . Vol. 4.

Warsaw: ARS Print Production, 1997. Pp. 449-657.
OIN Call Number: J 247 a

The work provides an alphabetical list of prisoners of war-soldiers of Armia Krajowa, who were taken prisoner by the Germans after the Warsaw Uprising. The list was compiled on the basis of the archival collection of the Archiwum Biura Informacji i Poszukiwan Zarzadu Glownego Polskiego Czerwonego Krzyza. The list includes biographical data on approx. 10, 000 participants of the uprising. The following information was included, where possible: name, pseudonym, date and place of birth, military rank, unit in which the person fought, POW number, type and name of the prisoner camp, information on transfers between POW camps, medical treatment, return to Poland.


Pacjenci szpitali powstanczych. Jan Kreusch (ed. ) [in:] Wielka ilustrowana encyklopedia Powstania Warszawskiego. Vol. 4.

Warsaw: ARS Print Production, 1997. Pp. 251-448.
OIN Call Number: J 2472 a

The article includes a list of the patients of the hospitals and other medical units of the Warsaw Uprising. The list was based on was the documentation that survived the Uprising and housed in the Archiwum Biura Informacji i Poszukiwan Zarzadu Glownego PCK. The list encompasses over 9,000 persons, both civilians nad soldiers of the Uprising. Wherever possible, the following data was included: name, pseudonym (where applicable), date and place of birth, address of residence, military rank, unit in which the person served, date of admittance to the hospital, the diagnosis, date of discharge, where applicable-date of death and place of burial.

Communist Terror in the Polish People’s Republic

Informator o nielegalnych antypanstwowych organizacjach i bandach zbrojnych dzialajacych w latach 1944-1956.

Lublin: Wydawnictwo Retro, 1993.

This is a reprint of a secret dossier prepared by the Interior Ministry in 1964. It contains a list and characteristics of a few thousand organizations and underground units, as well as over 10, 000 names of their leaders.


Informator of osobach skazanych za szpiegostwo w latach 1944-1984.

Lublin: Wydawnictwo Retro, 1994. 405 p. Contains name index.
OIN Call Number: A 1126

The work is based on the secret dossier of the Interior Ministry from 1984, regarding 2157 persons sentenced for spying in Poland in the years 1944-1984. , prepared on the basis of Biuro “C” of the Interior Ministry and several Wojewodzki Urzad Spraw Wewnetrznych, as well as on the basis of court documents prepared by units of Wojskowa Sluzba Wewnetrzna Ministerstwa Obrony Narodowej.

The classification of “spy” was applied extremely broadly in those years, to any person who: passed to the free world any information on the communist system of terror or its structure and employees, on the military industry or economy in general. Anyone having any contact with the West could be classified as a spy.

The biographical entries are organized alphabetically, within the division into separate counterintelligence units of the People’s Republic. The notes contain: complete set of personal data, as well as information used in the trial, such as: ‘political activity’, ‘circumstances of recruitment by Western intelligence’, ‘spy activity’. Also included are: the type of sentence imposed, location of archival materials.

The most important changes made in preparing the dossier for reprinting were not including complete names of persons sentenced after 1956, and limiting the addresses of these persons only to the town of residence. These changes were made to protect the privacy of the victims.


Straceni w polskich wiezieniach 1944-1956.

Lublin: Wydawnictwo Retro, 1994. 167 p.
OIN Call Number: A 1130

Reprint of a publication prepared by the Centralny Zarzad Zakladow Karnych in 1989. It lists approx. 2800 persons who were executed in Polish prisons in the years 1944-1956. The list contains only the persons imprisoned and executed by Departament Wieziennictwa Ministerstwa Bezpieczenstwa Publicznego. Not included in the list are the victims of the secret prisons and torture chambers of the Urzad Bezpieczenstwa and NKVD. A small number of the prisoners included in the list have been executed for ‘common’ rather than ‘political’ crimes. The list is arranged alphabetically and contains the following information: name, father’s name, date of birth, date of arrest, legal basis of the sentence, date and place of execution.



Those who helped: Polish rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust

The Main Commission for the Investigation of Crimes against the Polish Nation. The Institute of National Memory; The Polish Society for the Righteous among the Nations. Warsaw:
Part 1 – 1993, 145 p.
Part 2 – 1996, 212 p.
OIN Call Number: A 1015

The first part of the work lists 450 names of Poles who were killed by the Nazis for helping the Jews. The second part repeats the names from part one, adding another 250 names. The work is based on archival materials collected by Glowna Komisja Badania Zbrodni Przeciw Narodowi Polskiemu, Instytut Pamieci Narodowej, and the regional offices of the Glowna Komisja. The publication contains also a list of Poles, who up to December 31, 1994, were awarded the medal Righteous Among the Nations. The book is in English.


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