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Title: The most important people in the history of Silesia


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The most important people in the history of
Silesia
Wojciech Korfanty
Jerzy Zietek
Jerzy Kukuczka
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Jerzy Kukuczka
  • Kukuczka was born in Katowice (Poland) in 1948,
    and died attempting the South Face of Lhotse on
    October 24, 1989 at an altitude of about 8200
    meters. A second-hand rope he had picked up in a
    market in Katmandu snapped during the climb
    plunging him to his death
  • During his quest for the 14 summits Kukuczka
    would establish nine new routes and would perform
    one solo summit, four in alpine style, and four
    during the winter. In fact given that Kukuczka
    established so many new routes and made many of
    his ascents during the winter combined with
    operating from an impoverished communist country
    (Kukuczka's equipment was often hand-made and
    clothes second-hand) many consider his
    achievement to be greater that Messner's.
  • On May 19, 1980 Kukuczka and Andrzej Czok (on the
    Polish National Expedition led by Andrzej Zawada)
    established a new Everest route by following the
    South Pillar on the right-hand edge of the
    Southwest Face.
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Jerzy Zietek
  • Jerzy Zietek was born in the city of Gleiwitz,
    Prussian province of Silesia, in the German
    Empire. He was active in various Polish cultural
    movements, for which he was discharged from
    gymnasium in 1919 and passed his matura exams in
    front of the provisional Polish commission in
    Bytom.
  • He was the advocate of Silesian independence and
    in the aftermath of the First World War he
    participated actively in the Silesian Uprisings
    (1919-1921) against the Germans. In 1920 he was
    introduced to Polish Military Organization. In
    the third Silesian Uprising (1921), he battled in
    the 8th Company of the 3rd Gliwice battalion. At
    first, he was commander of a platoon, and later
    of the entire company. On more occasions he was
    involved in direct fighting, in Labedy, Stare
    Kozle, Januszkowice and Slawiecice. He was also
    involved in organizing the plebiscite in Silesia,
    under the guidance of the League of Nations,
    which eventually determined to award most of
    Silesia to the Second Polish Republic.
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Wojciech Korfanty
  • Wojciech Korfanty (20 April 1873 - 17 August
    1939) was a Polish nationalist activist,
    journalist and politician, serving as member of
    the German Reichstag and the Prussian Landtag,
    later in the Polish Sejm. Briefly, he also was a
    paramilitary leader. He is known for organizing
    Polish uprisings in Upper Silesia.
  • He was known for his irredentist policies after
    World War I. He fought to protect Poles from
    discrimination and the policy of Germanisation in
    Upper Silesia before the war, and was one of the
    chief advocates of joining Upper Silesia to
    Poland after the war.
  • Korfanty was born the son of a coal miner in
    Sadzawka, part of Siemianowice, in Upper Silesia,
    which was then German territory. From 1895 until
    1901, he studied philosophy, law, and economics,
    first at the Technical University in
    Charlottenburg (Berlin) (1895) and at the (then
    German) University of Breslau, where Werner
    Sombart was among his teachers and remained on
    friendly terms with him for many years.
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