Franciszek Kamiński Honorary Citizen of Warsaw

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Major General Franciszek Kamiński, (born 20 September 1902, died 24 February 2000)
Honorary Citizen of Warsaw from April 1999
Resolution of the Council of the Capital City of Warsaw No. X/64/99 of 12 April 1999

In the 20’s he studied at Warsaw University. In 1933, he headed the Polish Academic People’s Youth (Polska Akademicka Młodzież Ludowa).
From the beginning of the German occupation he operated in the “Polish Victory Service” (Służba Zwycięstwu Polski). In 1940, after the establishment of the peasant military organisation “Peasants’ Battalions” (Bataliony Chłopskie), he became their commander. One of the most important actions, organised by the Headquarters of the Peasants’ Battalions, was stopping in Warsaw the movement of children being transported from Zamość. During the Warsaw Uprising, together with the Battalions, he created around Warsaw the so-called “Green Ring of Help” (Zielony Pierścień Pomocy) for insurgents and people displaced from the capital.
After the war, Gen. Franciszek Kamiński was an activist in the Polish People’s Party (Polskie Stronnictwo Ludowe, PSL), held the Parliamentary seat in the State National Council (Krajowa Rada Narodowa), and then in the Sejm. In July 1950, he was accused and sentenced to 12 years in prison. In October 1956, he was released and then rehabilitated. Against the political and State authorities he initiated many patriotic and religious celebrations and ceremonies, commemorating the great events and persons in the Peasants’ Movement. In 1970, he was, inter alia, an initiator of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the “Battle of Warsaw”.
In 1980, together with a group of senior Armia Krajowa (Home Army) officers he received promotion to Brigadier General in the Polish Army. In 1993, he was promoted to Major General in the Polish Army. From 1988, he was a member of the Council for the Protection of the Memory of Struggle and Martyrdom.
In November 1989, he initiated the convening of the 2nd Congress of the Polish People’s Party, which elected him Chairman of the reborn Polish People’s Party.
Decorated with the Order of the White Eagle, the Silver Cross of the Military Order Virtuti Militari, the Order of the Grunwald Cross 2nd Class, the Warsaw Cross of the Uprising and the Cross of the Peasants’ Battalions.