JOZEFAT SIKORSKI BIOGRAPHY

This biography (only a copy is available) written originally in Polish, appeared in a Directory published some time in 1980's(?). Publishers are not known.

Translated by Marek Sikorski.

Sikorski,Jozefat (1905-1942), banker, member of NOBZZ, "Narodowa Organizacjia Bojowa Ziem Zachodnich". Born 25th November in Kostrzyn, ????????, son of Franciszek, merchant, and Walentyna nee Wierzcholska.

After the parents moved to Poznan in 1916, he attended St Mary Magdalen Gimnazium and matriculated in 1924. In the years 1924-29 he studied Law and Economics at the University of Poznan. He was President of the Poznan Fraternity, Korporacja. He directed the Poznan Branch of the National Fraternity Organisation, Kolo Miedzykorporacyjne, and was a member of the Poznan Academic Committee, Poznanski Komitet Akademicki, (treasurer and chairman of the audit committee). In 1929 he was the student delagate for the University of Poznan at the 7th General Congress of Polish Academic Youth, Zjazd Ogolny Polskiej Mlodzierzy Akademickiej, in Warszawa. The same year he organised the first Congress of Polish Fraternities, Kongres Polskich Korporacji Akademickich, in Poznan on the occasion of National General Exhibition Powszechna Wystawa Krajowa.

Jozefat Sikorski in centre wearing
"Korporacjia" regalia.

In 1931 he was signatory to collective social protest in Wielkopolska in the "brzeska" matter. During his studies he worked as an accountant (1926-28) for the Bartkowiak Timber Firm in Lwowko, and then for his father's firm. On completing his studies in 1929 he took up a position at the Poznan City Bank ( in 1931 to become The Mutual Savings Bank Komunalna Kasa Oszczednosci (KKO) where up till 1934 he held the position of plenipotentiary. pelnomicnik, and from 1938 the prokurent with the title of vice-director.

Extract of article in Glos Wielkopolski-25 April 1993 During the time of the German occupation he continued with the KKO and became a member of the NOBZZ set up in 1939 by members of the Stronictwo Narodowe (SN) with Antoni Wolniewicz at the head. At the end of September 1940 at a meeting of the executive committee he was appointed to run the Economic Affairs Sprawy Gospodarcze. This Organisasion encompassed a wide field of activities covering the whole of the Wielkopolska Region,-had its own printing presses, publications,- carried out sabotage action, kept contact with the SN executive in Warszawa, collected subscriptions, provided support to the needy residents of Poznan.

Due to lack of conspiratorial experience, and primarily because of the betrayal of Zenon Ciemniejewicz, a committe member, the organisation was exposed. The Germans arrested almost 900 persons. Sikorski, together with other leaders of the organisation, was arrested on 12th December 1940 in Poznan. After his arrest the Organisation was rebuilt twice. The Germans finally crushed it towards the end of 1941.

During the first interrogations (17th December 1940) he did not admit to any activities with NOB, finally admitting after being confronted with Boleslaw Koteras. Sikorski was held in prisons at Fort VII in Poznan, in Wronki and Olesnice. After enduring a year of intense interrogation, he and 8 members of the NOB, which included A. Wolniewicz, B. Koteras and S. Piotrowski, were prosecuted by The Peoples Tribunal of the Reich, Volksgerichtshof. All were sentenced to death. On 20th march 1942 Sikorski was guillotined in the Plotzensee prison near Berlin.

From his marriage in 1930 with Walentyna, nee Wolkow, he had four children:- Roman Raymund(b 1931) economist (sic), Alicja Olga (b 1932), Andrzej Przemyslaw (b 1936) economists (sic) and Marek Kordian (b 1940) architect.

Researched and written by Zygmund Kaczmarek


Memorial in Fort VII Poznan honouring the 12 who were tortured and killed by the Nazis. They have no known graves.

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